Malaysian police to use recording of mother’s voice in missing girl search
Malaysian police will play a voice recording of Nora Quoirin's mother over loudspeakers as they search for the missing teenager from London.
Superintendent Mohd Nor Marzukee Bin Besar also said 252 people are now involved in the search for Nora.
A helicopter, drones and dogs are also being used to trace the 15-year-old who has been missing since Sunday.
Police trackers from indigenous tribes famed for their forest tracking skills have joined the hunt, calling out her name as they search.
The police chief said: "We have had a long discussion with the family to determine who Nora has the closest relationship to and whose voice she would respond strongly to.
"We have decided to make a recording and use a loudspeaker.
"We have to respect the sensitivities of this case. We need to make the recording and will start using the loudspeaker this morning."
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He added that he hopes it will "jump start" Nora to respond if she hears it.
The police chief continued: "If she is exhausted or unconscious, if she has managed to find water and is awake, we hope the voice will alert her."
The family of Nora, who is from London, have said they remain hopeful after police leading the investigation refused to rule out a "criminal element".
The teenager disappeared from the Dusun forest eco-resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state.
Her family released a statement expressing their "deepest gratitude" to the Royal Malaysia Police and others helping the search.
The force has analysed fingerprints found in a resort cottage from which Nora was reported missing, despite previously saying there were no initial signs of foul play.
Her parents Meabh and Sebastien, an Irish-French couple, were "too upset to speak themselves" but have issued a statement through the Lucie Blackman Trust.
The charity helps crisis-struck British nationals overseas.
The family's statement said: "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.
"We are completely overwhelmed by the support we have received from all over the world."