PETALING JAYA: Bukit Aman has warned the public against sharing fake news on 15-year-old Nora Anne Quoirin.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Mazlan Mansor, who issued the warning, said it was to protect the sensitivities of the girl’s family and to stop speculation that could jeopardise operations to find the Irish teenager who went missing at The Dusun in Pantai Hill, near Seremban, on Sunday.
“A joint search operation including personnel from the Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Force, Rela, as well as the Negri Sembilan Forestry department is ongoing, ” he said in a statement yesterday.
Volunteers from the area have also joined in the search, he added.
“The Negri Sembilan police chief will have daily press conferences to report on any updates on the search and rescue efforts.
“He will do so to prevent any speculation which could make the public anxious, ” he said.
Mazlan said they have no reason to believe there is any criminal element involved in this case.
In Seremban, state police chief Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop said they believe Nora Anne simply got lost in the dense jungle in the area.
He also dismissed claims her disappearance had anything to do with the supernatural.
“How are we to link it to mysticism and how are we going to prove that (of the girl being abducted by the supernatural)?
“We will however continue to accept all views... we have the Senoi Praaq unit as well as personnel from the General Operations Force.
“We believe she has not ventured far and is still in the area... we are not going to stop and will still continue tomorrow (Wednesday) and we welcome anyone who wishes to help in searching for the girl, ” he told reporters at the Pantai police station.
Mohamad said the search and rescue team comprising 178 personnel will be searching a 10ha site near the resort again.
“We will focus our efforts along a stream running near the resort because we believe she would surely go towards it to drink, ” he added.
Nora Anne had checked into the property with her parents and two younger siblings early on Saturday.
However, she was not found in the room which she shared with her siblings the following morning.
A window in the room which could only be opened from the inside was ajar.
Mohamad added that a canine unit had picked up a scent some 100m from the resort.
“They lost the trail after that, ” he said.
The girl, who is of French-Irish parentage, has learning difficulties.
It is learnt that the family had planned a two-week stay at the resort.