Rescuers find body in area of search for Nora Anne

by BERNAMA/ pic by AFP

NILAI – Rescuers looking for a missing foreign teenager have found a body believed to be of a female about two kilometres from The Dusun resort in Pantai from where the girl, Nora Anne Quoirin, 15, had disappeared about 10 days ago.

The body was found at 1.57 pm today but has yet to be identified.

“The body is still intact. We will call a press conference in a few hours,” said Negeri Sembilan Police chief Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusof here.

It is learned that the Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Mazlan Mansor is scheduled to hold the press conference, for both local and foreign journalists.

Reporters got wind of the discovery of the body at about 2.30 pm when the police closed the access road to the resort with yellow tape, denoting a crime scene.

At about the same time, the media was instructed to remain at the tent housing the search-and-rescue operations centre at the entrance of a resort in Pantai.

The area became a hive of activity and an SAR team was seen rushing to another entrance of the resort, followed by media personnel eager to know what was going on.

A police forensics unit and fire & rescue unit were seen entering the area at 3.15 pm.

Mohamad said Nora Anne’s family had yet to be brought to the location to identify the body.

Meanwhile, in a statement issued today by Lucie Blackman Trust, a British charity supporting its nationals during a crisis overseas, said: “At this time, we cannot confirm it is Nora. However, it sadly seems likely. Investigations are underway to confirm identity and cause of death.

Nora Anne’s family found her missing from her room at The Dusun resort at 8 am on Aug 4. The family had checked in a day earlier for a two-week holiday in the country.

Following a report on her disappearance, which received wide international media coverage as well, the authorities launched a massive SAR involving over 300 people from the police, Fire & Rescue Department, Civil Defence Force, People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela), Negeri Sembilan Forestry Department and Sapura as well as the local people.

Yesterday, the family offered a reward of RM50,000 to anyone who could provide information that can help find Nora Anne.

Several policemen from England, France and Ireland are reported to be in Malaysia to help in the investigation into the disappearance of the teenager.