Missing hiker: Searchers find footprints believed to be that of Indian tourist

A search and rescue operation is underway for an Indian tourist who went missing while hiking in Cameron Highlands on Sept 22. Photo courtesy of Fire and Rescue Department

IPOH: The search and rescue (SAR) team looking for a tourist from India who has been missing since Sept 22 while hiking at Gunung Jasar, Cameron Highlands, found footprints, believed to be those of the victim.

Pahang Fire and Rescue Department public relations officer Zulfadli Zakaria said the D team, comprising police and Civil Defence Force personnel searching around Sungai Ubi, found the footprints.

"Today's search focused on a 5km radius involving the trail area starting at Gunung Jasar and Kampar PAS leading to Bharat Tea," he said in a statement Thursday (Sept 28).

However, the SAR operation with a strength of over 70 personnel was postponed late Thursday afternoon and the operation on Friday (Sept 29) would focus on the area where the footprints were found, which is 500m from the top of Gunung Jasar.

"The area of search will also cover the slopes and off trails," he added.

Earlier, Cameron Highlands OCPD Deputy Supt Azri Ramli, in a statement, said that Nandan Suresh Nadkarni, 44, was reported missing after climbing Gunung Jasar, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands on Sept 22.

The victim had checked into Hikers Sleep Port Guest House, Tanah Rata on Sept 19 and was supposed to check out on Sept 24.

Preliminary police investigations found that on Sept 22, the victim had left the hotel alone to hike Trail 10 of Gunung Jasar, Tanah Rata, based on some CCTV footage obtained around the Tanah Rata area. - Bernama

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