- Title: Malaysian police say 'no footprints' in missing Irish teen search
- Date: 9th August 2019
- Summary: SEREMBAN, SEMBILAN STATE, MALAYSIA (AUGUST 9, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** POLICE OFFICERS WALKING INTO BRIEFING ROOM (SOUNDBITE) (English) SEMBILAN STATE DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF, CHE ZAKARIA OTHMAN, SAYING: "No...No...We did not find any footprints yet." (Reporter off camera: The articles are saying that they found footprints along...The articles are saying that footprints.) "Ah no, no. There's no footprints of the missing person found yet." WHITE FRAME (SOUNDBITE) (English) SEMBILAN STATE DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF, CHE ZAKARIA OTHMAN, SAYING: "The family is giving us a good co-operation. We have attached our one senior officer from federal police headquarters." WHITE FRAME (SOUNDBITE) (English) SEMBILAN STATE DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF, CHE ZAKARIA OTHMAN, SAYING: "We are now focusing in getting any information which can we go back to the place and pinpoint the exact spot, any of the exact spots around, including the buildings, the chalet around to re-check again." WHITE FRAME (SOUNDBITE) (English) SEMBILAN STATE DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF, CHE ZAKARIA OTHMAN, SAYING: (Reporter: "Is this not a bit late in the day?") "Okay, eh, I mean the alert on the missing person had already been made the first day when it was reported through the Facebook, Google, our missing person alert. However, we re-do it again by circulating a poster." WHITE FRAME (SOUNDBITE) (English) SEMBILAN STATE DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF, CHE ZAKARIA OTHMAN, SAYING: "Okay, for the crime scene, we have conducted the initial investigation when the first day it was reported. A thorough investigation was already conducted by our forensic team as soon as the permission be granted by the complainant, by the mother and father of the deceased because in this case the complainant who lodged the report is the owner, is the caretaker of the resort and the victim's mother is staying there." POLICE OFFICERS LEAVING
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- Keywords: footprints missing Irish Nora Quoirin police update Malaysia
- Location: SEREMBAN, SEMBILAN STATE, MALAYSIA
- City: SEREMBAN, SEMBILAN STATE, MALAYSIA
- Country: Malaysia
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice
- Reuters ID: LVA001ARHY7NR
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- Story Text: Police searching for an Irish teenager who disappeared from a holiday resort in Malaysia this week said on Friday (August 9) that no footprints of the missing girl have been found, contrary to some media reports.
Nora Anne Quoirin, 15, was reported missing on Sunday, a day after her family had arrived at the Dusun resort in Seremban, a town about 70 km (44 miles) south of Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur.
"There's no footprints of the missing person found yet," police official Che Zakaria Othman told a news conference.
Police said they interviewed Quoirin's family and resort staff, and swept the hotel room where she was last seen for fingerprints
Reporters from Ireland and the UK questioned Malaysian officers over the speed with which missing person alerts were released, but police said one was made on social media on the first day of the investigation.
Authorities deployed two drones for an aerial search over an area of 6 square km (2.3 square miles) around the resort, perched on the edge of a sprawling forest reserve.
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