Plane hired to look for missing girls

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 28 Aug 2003

MIRI: Efforts to locate four teenage girls from Perak and Kuala Lumpur, who went missing off Bintulu since Monday last week, have taken on a more urgent note. 

The service centre of Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing has hired a Cessna that is capable of flying further offshore from the coastal belt in a last-ditch attempt to locate the girls. 

Centre spokesman Teo Ho Ping, Tiong’s personal assistant, said the aircraft was chartered from Kota Kinabalu yesterday and would join the two helicopters and several speedboats that had already been hired for the search mission. 

“The helicopters and boats have been out over the South China Sea since last Friday but the crew have not found any trace of the girls or their remains. 

“There is a limitation to the usage of the helicopters because they cannot fly too far away from the shore. They can only make rounds near coastal areas, which is why we have hired a Cessna aircraft capable of flying further out. 

“We will continue the operations until Friday (tomorrow) at the very least,” he said in telephone interview from Bintulu. 

The marine police, the Royal Malaysian Air Force and the Royal Malaysian Navy have also mounted their own search missions since a police report was lodged on the missing girls last Tuesday, several hours after they went missing.  

The girls, Looi Li Shien, aged 15, and Chew Song Chien, 16, both from Perak, and Chan Kim Nan, 16, and Pamela Bong, 19, both from Kuala Lumpur, went missing after they were said to have been swept away by huge waves while playing in the waters off Kampung Nyalau, 120km north of Bintulu town. 

On Tuesday morning, the corpse of a girl was found near Bakam.  

Teo said yesterday police could not confirm if the body was that of one of the girls.  

The body is now in the Miri Hospital mortuary, awaiting post-mortem and possibly DNA testing.  

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