Police anxious for survival of Irish girl missing in Malaysia

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2019

- The Malaysian Insight pic by Hasnoor Hussain, August 11, 2019.

"We do not know how long she can survive", Negeri Sembilan police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop said.

Nora, 15, went missing while on a holiday with her family in Malaysia.

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Her mother thanked the emergency crews for their work "especially at a special festival time", referring to the Islamic festival of Hari Raya Haji.

With hundreds of people, including an elite police force, out daily looking for any trace of Nora Quiorin, there is still no indication of what happened to her.

On Saturday, Nora's mother Meabh, who is originally from Belfast, thanked the Malaysian authorities for their efforts in trying to locate her daughter.

Officials narrowed the search area over the weekend as they believe that the teen can not have strayed far from the resort, and have also been playing a recording of her mother's voice through megaphones.

Search and Rescue workers said they had found no sign of the teenager or any leads as to where she could be.

"Good morning everyone. We want to say thank you to each and every one of you, we know you are searching night and day for Nora".

"We see you working so hard and also praying with us and being with us".

They said she was not independent, had difficulty walking and had never wandered off on her own or become lost, despite having been to other Asian and European countries in the past.

'To be with us here, it means the world to us.

"Although we have not been successful so far, we are not giving up hope that we would be able to find the girl", he told reporters, adding that the immediate surrounding area had already been thoroughly swept. We are so grateful for everything that you are doing for us, everyone who is helping here and not from here.

Nora's parents are an Irish-French couple who have lived in London for about 20 years, according to the Lucie Blackman Trust, a British charity that supports people involved in crises overseas.

Nora was travelling on an Irish passport.

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