COPS are stepping up their hunt for missing as hundreds join in the hunt for Nora Quoirin, seven days after the 15-year-old mysteriously disappeared from a Malaysian holiday resort.
A rescue mission team of 300 is doing everything possible to locate the vulnerable teenager. Here’s the latest.
What is the latest on missing Nora Quoirin?
The hunt for Nora Quoirin is continuing in Malaysia.
Here’s what’s happened so far:
- Footprints believed to belong to the 15-year-old found by a specialist dog unit
- Police release pictures of a large window found propped open
- A recording of Nora’s mum’s voice saying ‘I love you, mum’s here’ is played on loudspeaker in the jungle
- Family make emotional plea for missing teenager
- Police check fingerprints as they admit Nora may have been taken
- Cops probed a sighting of a “white woman” swimming in a river
- More than 300 people are hunting for the missing teenager
When did Nora Quoirin go missing?
Nora was staying at The Dusun Resort near the Berembun Forest Reserve in Malaysia when she went missing on Sunday, August 4.
The teen, who has special needs, arrived in Malaysia for a two-week “trip of a lifetime” in a nature reserve near Seremban, 39 miles south of the capital Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, August 3.
Nora’s family – who live in London – say they discovered she was missing on Sunday morning.
Cops said that a window in the living room downstairs was left open.
Nora and her siblings were asleep in rooms upstairs.
The hotel is set within a 12-acre orchard resort close to the Berembun Forest.
What have cops said?
More than 250 volunteers have been working around the clock to locate the missing girl.
Nora’s family has said they are still hopeful after police leading the investigation refused to rule out a “criminal element”.
Search teams have been using loudspeaker recordings of Nora’s mum in a bid to find the vulnerable teen.
District police chief Mohamad Nor Marzukee Besar has emphasised the need for speed, telling reporters: “An able-bodied or normal person would be weak by the fifth day, and that is why we need to find the victim as soon as possible.”
Cops are also handing out photographs of Nora at roadblocks in the area in the hope someone may recognise her.
They have released photos of the hotel room window they found propped open – and said it’s the only way Nora could have left.
Police are also investigating claims the “fingerprints” belong to an outsider as Nora’s family believe she was almost certainly abducted.
What have Nora’s family said?
Meabh and Sebastian Quoirin sobbed while they thanked search teams on August 10.
In a video broadcast on local media, she said: “We want to say thank you to each and every one of you. We know you’re searching night and day for Nora.
“We see you working so hard and also praying with us and being with us.
“You have given up your time especially at a special festival time,” she said, referring to Hari Raya Haji, the Islamic “festival of sacrifice” celebrations.
Ms Quoirin praised the dedication and expertise shown by those looking for Nora.
“To be with us here, it means the world to us. We are so grateful for everything that you are doing for us, everyone who is helping here and not from here.
“We are extremely impressed by the effort, your expertise, your dedication and we hope you find Nora.
“And thank you so much and terima kasih,” she said.
In an emotional video statement, Nora’s aunt said: “We are completely overwhelmed by the support we have received from all over the world.
“This is extremely traumatic for the whole family.
“[Nora’s parents] Meabh and Sebastien are devastated and too upset to speak themselves at this time.
“But we must remain hopeful.
“And we ask everyone to keep Nora in their thoughts, and to continue to support the ongoing search for her.
“Nora is still missing, and she is very vulnerable, and we need to do everything we can to bring her home.”
Westlife has also joined the appeal for missing Nora after arriving in Malaysia to play two dates of a concert tour.
Speaking during a show at the Malawati Stadium in the city of Shah Alam this evening, group member Nicky Byrne said: “We call on all the people in this country to offer their assistance in providing the latest information on Nora’s disappearance.
“We are sure her family is now hoping for Nora to return to their arms safely.
“[We are sure Nora’s] family is very grateful for your help.
“Thank you Malaysia.”
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