Voice recording strategy to be used as search for Irish girl enters 5th day

Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin. (Facebook pic)

NILAI: The team handling the search-and-rescue (SAR) efforts of Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin will use voice recordings of her close family members in the hope of luring her out from the thick forest surrounding the Dusun Resort in Pantai here, where she is believed to have gone missing.

The search entered its fifth day today.

Nilai district police chief Mohd Nor Marzukee Besar said the voice recordings, to be amplified via megaphones, would include her nickname, fondly used by family members.

The SAR team, headed by the elite Senoi Praaq Unit, decided on this approach as the latest strategy to locate the 15-year-old, who went missing from her room on Aug 4 while vacationing with her family at the resort.

“Our public relations officer will be meeting the victim’s family today to decide who among them are closest to her for their voices to be used.

“Besides this approach, rescuers will be calling out her name throughout the search. All these could help in ‘jolting’ her into attention,” he told the media here today.

Meanwhile, Marzukee urged those who claimed to have encountered Quoirin playing by the river near the deer pen to come forward and share their information with the police.

“The search yesterday included the river and deer pen area where she was said to have been seen. We searched the area but there was nothing to indicate she was there. However, we will be there again today for a closer search,” he said.

Police also welcomed any information from the public that could help the case, including alternative methods based on their respective faiths, in a bid to locate the teenager.

The SAR efforts from today will also use more sophisticated aerial search equipment, including drones.

Quoirin, who suffers from learning disabilities, arrived at the resort with her parents from London on Saturday for a two-week vacation but was reported missing on Sunday at 8am.

Family thanks SAR team members

Meanwhile, Quoirin’s family today expressed their gratitude to the Malaysian rescue teams for their efforts in searching for the teenager.

This was conveyed in a statement issued by the Lucie Blackman Trust, a British charity supporting its nationals during a crisis overseas, as the SAR entered its fifth day today.

“Nora’s family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the Royal Malaysia Police force, the SAR teams and emergency services, for all they have done for us in this difficult time.

“We would like to thank our embassies, the local community and the staff here at the hotel. And anyone else who has offered help to find Nora. We also welcome the assistance of the French, British and Irish police,” the family was stated as saying.

According to the statement, the family was also overwhelmed by the support they have received from all over the world as the experience was considered “extremely traumatic for the whole family” and that her parents, Meabh and Sebastien, were devastated and too upset to speak at this time.

“We are extremely thankful to The Lucie Blackman Trust for their ongoing support. They are handling all media enquiries for us and everything should be directed to them. Our family cannot face dealing with that at the moment,” the family was quoted.

The family also remained hopeful and have asked everyone to keep the teenager in their thoughts, and to continue to support the ongoing search for her.

“Nora is still missing, and she is very vulnerable, and we need to do everything we can to bring her home,” the family was quoted as saying.