Cops investigating all angles behind disappearance of Irish teen


SEREMBAN: The police are looking into all angles in the probe into the disappearance of 15-year-old Nora Anne Quoirin from a resort near here.

State deputy police chief SAC Che Zakaria Othman said that the case was not being treated lightly, as the federal police and other government agencies are also involved in the search for the Irish teenager.

"We have not ruled out anything, and we are probing it as a case of a missing person, " said SAC Che Zakaria.

He said that 214 police personnel and six sniffer dogs were involved in the search, adding that the Fire and Rescue Department's Special Tactical Operations and Rescue of Malaysia (Storm) unit and scuba team were also part of the search effort.

He added that the police have also recorded statements from 20 individuals so far.

Asked if police have lifted fingerprints from the open window in Nora Anne's room, he said several prints were lifted, but declined to say how many people they were from.

SAC Che Zakaria also declined to say what time the family went to bed the night before Nora Anne disappeared.

SAC Che Zakaria said this in response to a statement by Nora Anne's family that they were "increasingly frustrated" with the Malaysian police's efforts to find her.

The family believes that the girl was taken from her room, as the window was open when she disappeared on Sunday (Aug 4).

Nora Anne, who has learning difficulties, had checked into the property with her parents and two younger siblings early on Saturday (Aug 3).

However, the girl of French-Irish parentage was not found in the room which she shared with her siblings the following morning.

A window in the room that could only be opened from the inside was ajar.

Her family believes that she may have been abducted, but police have ruled this out for now.

It is learned that the family had planned a two-week stay at the resort.

Aside from the police and Fire and Rescue Department, personnel from Civil Defence, the People's Volunteer Corps (Rela), as well as Orang Asli from the Senai Praaq unit and the local community are also involved in the search.

Prior to this, state police chief DCP Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop had said that the police still classified the case as that of a missing person.

"We have nothing that suggests there was criminal element in her disappearance. As of now, we have not an ounce of evidence to suggest she was abducted, " he said on Tuesday (Aug 6).

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