Sharlinie Missing: Search Efforts Continue

12 January 2008
Petaling Jaya

Hundreds of calls and short messages have been received by the police and the parents of 5-year-old Sharlinie Mohd Nashar and police are following up on every one of them.

Sharlinie went missing from a playground near her house in Taman Medan on Wednesday.

Police said that task force teams have been sent to investigate tip offs and perform continuous surveillance in the areas where Sharlinie was reportedly sighted.

Several witnesses in Taman Medan said they saw a man who resembled the photofit at the playground. He was riding on a motorcycle with another man, and seemed to be looking for someone. The men then rode off.

In addition to the earlier tip offs on Sharlinie being spotted at the Puduraya bus terminal and a bus stop in Butterworth, police are checking the closed-circuit television recordings at the New Pantai Expressway toll plaza near Taman Medan, hoping to find the black car that Sharlinie’s sister, Sharliena, described in the press conference previously.

Meanwhile Jazimin Abdul Jalil, the father of 8-year-old Nurin who was sexually assaulted and found murdered in a sports bag last September, visited Sharlinie’s parents and spent several hours with them yesterday at Taman Medan.

He said he found the photofits released by the police for Nurin and Sharlinie to be similar.

The General Operations Force North Brigade has been helping the task force to distribute posters of the girl and the photofit of the suspect at the border towns in the north.

Security staff along the Malaysian and Thai border at Rantau Panjang has been helping in the search since Wednesday, checking all vehicles and passenger boats. Posters have been distributed at the border and at illegal jetties such as those at Pauh and Gergaji. A team even went across the border to notify the Thai army.

In George Town, the Penang Gerakan service bureau is offering a RM3,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to Sharlinie’s whereabouts. The bureau has distributed 1,000 posters in Penang, especially to residents’ associations, Rukun Tetangga sectors and coffee shops. The bureau can be contacted at 04-1192724 or 016-4864722.

The Straits Times – Police, parents flooded with calls
<URL:http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/1/12/nation/19987452&sec=nation>

The Straits Times – Man resembling photofit spotted
<URL:http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/1/12/nation/19989643&sec=nation>

The Straits Times – Jazimin offers support to Sharlinie’s parents
<URL:http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/1/12/nation/19988614&sec=nation>

New Straits Times – Eye on all exit points
<URL:http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Saturday/National/2130328/Article/index_html>

New Straits Times – Suspect spotted at playground
<URL:http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Saturday/National/2130330/Article/index_html>

New Straits Times – My daughter is still alive, says mother
<URL:http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Saturday/National/2130331/Article/index_html>

New Straits Times – Groups come forward to help
<URL:http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Saturday/National/2130329/Article/index_html>

MCW – Sharlinie Missing: Search Continues, Woman Suspected
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