Several footprints believed to belong to Nora Anne Quoirin, 15, were picked up by the K9 Unit of the Fire and Rescue Department, during a search-and-rescue (SAR) operation yesterday to find the missing Irish teenager.
State Fire and Rescue Department operation division assistant director Ahmad Mukhlis Mokhtar, said they were traced around the search area, but no further clues had been found.
However, he said, the department was optimistic Nora was within the radius of the forest and it hoped she would be found soon.
“The search for Nora entered its fifth day today (yesterday).
“We are assisting the police in the search by deploying our K9 Unit, as well as 55 personnel, which include 30 from Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya.
“The search area remains within 6km of the resort, and our focus is on the forest.
“Each agency involved is divided into six groups.
“Previously, our detective canines had spotted footprints, but when we conducted a search there, we couldn’t find her,” he said.
Mukhlis said the operation would also focus on the jungle’s hilly areas as it was possible that Nora could be hiding behind trees or rocks.
He added that the number of personnel involved was sufficient, and additional manpower would be requested if necessary.
Nora, a special needs teen, was found missing by her family about 8am on Sunday.
A SAR team was formed to find her.
A total of 252 officers and members from various agencies are involved in the operation, besides helicopters supplied by the Royal Malaysia Police Air Wing Unit and drones. – NST