Saturday, 14 December, 2019

Police worried for survival of Irish girl missing in Malaysia

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Deanna Wagner | 12 August, 2019, 15:28

Nora Quoirin, 15, disappeared from a forest resort in Seremban last Sunday while on a family holiday.

Nora Quoirin has been missing in Malaysia for more than a week, sparking an global outcry for her return. Police are anxious how long she can survive in the warm and humid environment, with risky animals. We are appealing to anyone who has information about Nora to help us find her.

The family of Nora Anne Quoirin discovered her missing August 4 from the Dusun eco-resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state, in a case that has baffled police and turned up no evidence so far.

The reward of 50,000 Malaysian ringgit - approximately €10,806 - was donated by an anonymous Belfast business, Nora's family said.

Police have set up a new hotline in the hope that some new information will come through, he added.

Media outlets are reporting that day six of the search has revealed footprints, thanks in part to the assistance of over 200 searchers and sniffer dogs.

Nora's parents, Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin, appeared on camera on Saturday to thank searchers and beg them not to give up.

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"However, this will not hamper the search", he said.

Police believe the teen is still in the vicinity of the resort. An exhausted Mrs Quoirin, 45, held back tears as her husband rubbed her arm.

"We are very anxious about (her) welfare and we don't know how long (she) can survive", Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop, police chief of Negeri Sembilan state where Seremban is located, told reporters.

"The police have been working extremely hard to bring Nora home".

Quoirin's family, which has lived in London for 20 years, arrived August 3 for a two-week stay at the Dusun, a small resort located in a durian orchard next to a forest reserve 63 kilometers (39 miles) south of Kuala Lumpur. Her parents, who believe she was abducted, said she was born with holoprosencephaly, a malformation that caused a smaller brain and led to learning and physical disabilities. We are so grateful for everything you are doing, everyone who is helping'. "She is not independent and does not go anywhere alone", they said.

A spokeswoman for the NCA said: "The National Crime Agency, the Met Police and the Irish police are working together to help and support the Malaysian authorities relating to Nora Quoirin's disappearance".