NILAI: Police have roped in the aid of the elite VAT 69 commando team in their search and rescue (SAR) effort for Irish teen Nora Anne Quoirin who went missing on Sunday.
The VAT 69 (Very Able Troopers) is an elite multi-tasking special forces unit of the Royal Malaysian Police.
Negri Sembilan deputy police chief SAC Che Zakaria Othman said the addition of two officers and 21 members of the elite force was to make use of all available expertise in their search for the 15-year-old.
“We will use every human resource available with us (police) and since the Vat 69 Commando is our elite force, we have decided to also rope them in for the SAR operations,” he told a press conference today.
Che Zakaria dismissed claims that Nora’s footprint was found.
He reiterated that there had no leads thus far and that the team was focusing on finding the exact spot where Nora had gone missing.
“We have covered a radius of almost 6km and almost all the locations have been checked.
“We are now focusing on gaining any information which we can go back and pinpoint the exact place (where she went missing),” he said, adding that the team was rechecking the whole area again.
Che Zakaria said Nora’s family was cooperating with the authorities and a senior officer had been placed with them.
He said the Immigration Department had confirmed that Nora had not left the country.
He said the family arrived in Malaysia separately on Saturday — the father arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport from London with the children while the mother had travelled from Singapore.
Che Zakaria said the SAR operations would continue tonight focusing on the use of a drone equipped with a surveillance thermal imaging camera.
Nora went missing a day after she arrived at The Dusun resort near here, with her parents and two siblings, for a two-week vacation.
The special needs teen was found missing by her family about 8am on Sunday.
A SAR team consisting of 252 officers and personnel of various agencies was formed to look for her.
Helicopters from the Royal Malaysia Police Air Wing Unit and drones are also being used in the search.
SAR operations total strength: 260 personnel & 2 K9 unit dogs
Police: 116 personnel & 2 K9 dogs
Fire and Rescue Department: 49 personnel
Civil Defence Force (APM): 29 personnel
People's Volunteer Corps (RELA): 10 personnel
General Operations Force (PGA): 47 personnel
Civilians: 10 people Rantau Panjang, Gual Tinggi, Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur