SEREMBAN: ‘Nora darling, I love you. Mom is here.’
That was the heart-breaking plea made by Meabh Jaseprine Quoirin, the mother of the Irish teenager, Nora Anne Quoirin, who has been missing from a resort here since Sunday.
The recording of her voice was used during the search-and-rescue (SAR) operation, as part of the team’s effort to find the 15-year-old who is reported to have learning disabilities.
State police chief Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop said the voice recording was blasted through loudspeakers to lure Nora out of the jungle, where she is believed to have strayed from the resort.
“We recorded the mother’s voice this (Thursday) morning and played the recording as if she were at the search site.
“It is part of our efforts to find the victim because we believe she is still within the 6km-radius of the search parameters,” he said at the Pantai police station.
Mohamad said the parents were not encouraged to join the operation for safety reasons.
He said the team had also distributed pictures of Nora and uploaded them to Nur Alert.
He said the police air unit was assisting the operation using a Airbus Helicopters AS355N equipped with Wescam infrared camera that can detect objects or humans from the air.
“The SAR operation is not only conducted along the normal tracks but also through difficult jungle areas.
“The use of drones is also ongoing but we are still unable to detect the victim,” he said.
Asked whether the operation was assisted by Interpol, Mohamad said the cooperation had begun from the very first day of the operation.
A total of 252 people are involved in the SAR operation.
On whether the team had received any offers from foreign agencies to help with the operation, Mohamad said it was not necessary at the moment.
Mohamad rejected claims that police were not allowed to talk to Nora’s two siblings.
“We have recorded statements from all family members, which include Nora’s siblings aged 8 and 12,” he said.