Hundreds of people and residents are still scouring the jungle during the Muslim holiday in Malaysia, in what seemed to be an organised hunt for the Franco-Irish teen who disappeared two weeks ago from Malaysian resort, AFP reported on Sunday August 11th.
The 15-year-old with learning difficulties, later identified as Nora Quoirin, suspiciously vanished, on August 4th, a day after checking into the resort with her London-based family, who strongly believe that she was abducted. However, the police have classified it as a missing person’s case.
Even as millions celebrated the Eid al-Adha festival in the Muslim-majority country, a search team almost 300 strong trekked through dense jungle near the resort in southwest Malaysia in an increasingly desperate hunt.
The police have deployed a search team including helicopters, sniffer dogs and drones, but no trace of the teenager has been found so far. They have also been using megaphones, playing recordings of her mother's voice, hoping that the troubled youngster would recognise her.
Officials stated earlier that they have narrowed the search area over the weekend as they believe that the teen cannot have strayed far from the resort, additionally, they have launched a new hotline number for the public to report any information about her.
The schoolgirl went missing from the 12-acre (five-hectare) Dusun Resort, which lies near a forest reserve not far from Kuala Lumpur, in the foothills of a mountain range. Her family however have dismissed the possibility of her wandering off on her own.
Reports have indicated an open window was found in the cottage where the family was staying at the resort.
Police have questioned a number of people, are examining fingerprints found on a window, and looking into reports that villagers heard a truck early on the morning that the girl disappeared, according to AFP.