Malaysian police have intensified efforts to find an Irish teenager who disappeared from a holiday resort this week, focusing on the area around the resort in Kuala Lumpur.
Police said on Wednesday August 7th they had questioned at least 20 people, according to a Reuters report.
The family of Nora Anne Quoirin, 15, and the resort staff have been interviewed, said Che Zakaria Othman, the deputy police chief of the state of Negri Sembilan. Police also swept the room where Quoirin was last seen for fingerprints, according to Othman.
Over 200 searchers, dogs and two drones were deployed to comb through the thickly-forested area surrounding the Dusun resort in Seremban in the hunt for the missing girl.
Police have set up a checkpoint on the road to the resort. Aerial surveillance by the drones covers an area of 2.3 square miles around the resort.
The police are still treating the disappearance as a missing person case, temporarily refusing to designate it as abduction at the request of Quoirin family, according to media reports. Othman said that the possibility that the girl was abducted has not been ruled out, but said such a theory lacks evidence.
"Our forensics team has gone through the entire building, and the investigation process is still ongoing," added Othman.
"We still have hope of finding her," Othman said, expecting that Quoirin, who has a learning disability, could not have gone far.