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Search continues for missing French teen

Volunteers and police continued to search for Chloe Rodriguez, a French teenager who went missing on Friday afternoon in Barjac in south-western France.

The 15-year-old girl apparently disappeared without a trace at around 5.30pm on Friday afternoon after her moped was left at a friend's house some 10 kilometres from her home, according to the Midi Libre daily.

The moped was found at around 10pm with a cold engine.

The girl's picture has been placed in public places around the medieval town and surrounding villages as the search is set to enter its fourth day on Tuesday.

An area of 16 square kilometres has been combed around Barjac since the search began, but no cluse have emerged as to the teenager's whereabouts.

Chloe's mother has revealed that her daughter may have been in a state of emotional distress at the time of her disappearance. 

The girl is described as being 1.59 metres tall, with a slim build, blue eyes, long light brown hair and pierced ears. At the time of her disappearance she was wearing jeans and a beige Adidas jacket with black sleeves.

Police in Barjac have called for any witnesses to contact a hotline on 04.66.24.50.27.

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MH370: ‘Seat and window parts’ found on Réunion

Seat cushions and window panes have been found on the French island of Réunion, according to a Malaysian minister. The unconfirmed report comes days after a wing part from the missing MH370 flight was washed up on the island.

MH370: 'Seat and window parts' found on Réunion
Police have been scouring the beaches of Réunion since last week. Photo: AFP

Aircraft seat cushions and window panes have been found on the Indian Ocean island where wreckage from MH370 was recovered, Malaysia's transport minister said on Thursday.

“We have also found debris like window panes, aluminium foil and seat cushions,” Liow Tiong Lai told AFP.

He later specified he was referring to aircraft seats and windows. 


(Police investigate a piece of debris on a Réunion beach. Photo: AFP)

French authorities are yet to confirm the new findings and news agency AFP quoted a legal source close to the French probe into the crash, that investigators had no new plane debris in their possession.

Reports of the wreckage come one day after the Malaysian prime minister confirmed that the flaperon – a part of an aircraft's wing that washed up on the shore of the island last week – was from the missing flight MH370.

 
French prosecutors were more cautious in their initial findings on Wednesday than Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, saying only that there was a “very high probability” that the wing part was from the Malaysian Airlines flight. 
   
But they confirmed the part was from a Boeing 777, of the type that vanished without trace on March 8, 2014, after veering off course while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
 

(Locals have joined the hunt for more potential plane parts. Photo: AFP)   
 
The disappearance of the plane, which had 239 people on board, sparked a colossal, multinational sweep of the seas for wreckage, and a myriad of conspiracy theories about its fate.
   
France has a legal involvement in the investigation because it lost four citizens in the incident.
 
More to follow

 

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