Malaysian police open hotline as search continues for Nora

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2019

Shamans conducted rituals in the Malaysian jungle Monday in the latest bid to find a missing Franco-Irish teen, as her family offered a reward for information leading to the girl's return.

In a statement obtained by the BBC on August 6, Nora's family said she "never goes anywhere by herself" and there was "no reason to believe she wandered off and is lost".

The 15-year-old was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder which affects brain development, meaning that her communication is limited and she struggles with co-ordination. She is so precious to us and our hearts are breaking.

The teenager's family announced that the reward of 50,000 Malaysian ringgit had been donated by an anonymous Belfast-based business.

"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", a spokeswoman for the NCA said. "We are accepting information from all parties and our investigation is exploring all angles", he said, ading that there was no evidence to indicate that Nora had been abducted, the local Star publication reported.

On the weekend, authorities anxious about how long the teenager can survive and believed she could not have gone far from the resort.

Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin, a French-Irish couple who have lived in London for 20 years, thanked those searching for their daughter.

Quoirin's family 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 south of Kuala Lumpur.

Praising the efforts of police carrying out the search, they said they had chose to offer the reward "to help their investigation".

Police set up an official hotline on Sunday, where members of the public can call and leave information about Nora's disappearance anonymously.

"We are continuing our search in the area over a 6km radius", SAC Che Zakaria said, adding that the search-and-rescue team is faced with various challenges, including the bad weather over the past three days.

"Nora can read like a young child, but she cannot write more than a few words".

While officially treating it as a missing person case, police say they have not ruled out other possibilities.

"We want to say thank you to each and every one of you".

Nora was discovered missing from her room the following morning with her bedroom window open.

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