Malaysia arrests two over missing Frenchwoman
Malaysian police said Thursday they had arrested two men over the disappearance of a 30-year-old French woman who was last reported seen three months ago on a resort island.
Stephanie Foray, a 30-year-old civil servant, had arrived in the country on May 10 and boarded a ferry later that day to Tioman island off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, press reports here have said.
"Two people have been arrested for investigations. We are intensifying the search for the French woman," Mohamad Bakri Zinin, director of the federal criminal investigation department, told AFP.
He declined to provide further details on the case.
The New Straits Times newspaper reported the two men arrested were a 44-year-old owner of a Tioman chalet and his cousin. It quoted witnesses as saying Foray had been seen in the company of the two men.
The second man was found in possession of Foray's handphone and Sri Lankan currency, it said.
Foray left France in November last year on a holiday that took her to India and Sri Lanka before she came to Malaysia on May 5, local press reports said.
Her family lost contact with her on May 8 and the French embassy in Malaysia subsequently put out a missing person alert.
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