Search for London teen missing in Malaysia enters 2nd week

SEREMBAN, Malaysia (AP) — The search for a 15-year-old London girl who mysteriously vanished from a Malaysian forest resort entered a second week yesterday, with no let-up despite a major Muslim festival amid rising concerns for her safety.

The family of Nora Anne Quoirin discovered her missing on August 4 from the Dusun eco-resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state, in a case that has baffled police and turned up no evidence so far.

Negeri Sembilan Police Chief Mohamad Mat Yusop said yesterday that no missing person had ever been reported in the area in the past decade, except for hikers who lost their way in the jungle.

He said police are investigating all angles, including reports that villagers heard the sound of a truck early on the morning the girl was reported missing.

Some 300 people continued the search despite heavy rain yesterday morning, sacrificing time with their family amid a Muslim religious festival, he said. Police have set up a new hotline in hopes that some new information will come through, he added.

Police believe the teen climbed out through an open window in the living room of the family’s cottage and was still in the vicinity of the resort. They are treating her as a missing person but do not rule out a possible criminal element in her disappearance.

Volunteers receive a briefing before conducting a search and rescue operation for a missing British girl at a forest in Seremban, Malaysia. – AP