Several policemen from England, France and Ireland are helping Malaysian police in the investigation into the disappearance of a Franco-Irish teenager who went missing on Aug 4 from a holiday resort near here, it was disclosed yesterday.
Negri Sembilan Police deputy chief SAC Che Zakaria Othman said the police teams came to Malaysia last week but he declined to reveal the date of their arrival and their number.
A total of 353 policemen and other security personnel have been mobilised in stages to look for Nora Anne Quoirin, 15, a child with learning disabilities, since her disappearance from The Dusun resort in Pantai, Seremban, a day after she came to Malaysia with her family for a holiday.
“The police teams (from England, France and Ireland) are only assisting us in the investigation into Nora Anne’s disappearance and are not involved in the search-and-rescue operation,” Che Zakaria told a press conference at the Pantai Police Station in Seremban.
He said the search-and-rescue operation is focused on Gunung Berembun where 176 personnel have fanned out over 12 km since 8.30am yesterday.
“We are continuing our search in the area over a 6 km radius,” he said, adding that the search-and-rescue team is up against various challenges, including the bad weather over the past few days.
Meanwhile, media personnel for the first time were invited to join the Search and Rescue (SAR) operation for Nora.
Nilai police chief Supt Mohd Nor Marzukee Besar extended the invitation via the whatApps application.
“Greetings… Media who want to cover Op SAR can wait at the foothill of Gunung Berembun,” he said in his brief message.
Before this, the media were only allowed to wait at a tent provided near the entrance of the resort where the girl went missing and also at the Pantai police station in Seremban.