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Divers join search for missing French teen

Divers are to be deployed on Wednesday in the search for Chloe Rodriguez, a French teenager who went missing on Friday afternoon in Barjac in south-western France.

The divers from nautical brigades in Agde (Hérault) and Grau du Roi (Gard) will search water-holes in ten areas identified in the vicinity of the village, according to a report in the Midi Libre daily.

As the search for the teen entered its fifth day, volunteers and police continued to scour the terrain in the countryside east of Barjac. The volunteers have been divided into groups of 5 to 6 people, the newspaper reported.

The search has been extended nationwide for the teenager who disappeared in mysterious circumstances on Friday afternoon.

The 15-year-old apparently vanished without trace at around 5.30pm on Friday. Her moped was left at a friend's house some 10 kilometres from her home.

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

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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AIRCRAFT

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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