In Malaysia, the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl from London, police say is being treated as a missing person case, not abduction.
On Saturday, Nora Quoirin with her family arrived there for a ‘trip of a lifetime’. On Sunday, her parents awoke to find that Nora was missing.
LBT (The Lucie Blackman Trust) is supporting the family and had earlier said that it was being treated as kidnap.
In the search of Nora, over 160 people are now involved including police, civil defense staff, members of the fire department, forestry department officials, indigenous Orang Asli guides and volunteers corps.
Nora is the daughter of Irish-French couple who for about 20 years lived in London, in Malaysia was staying with her parents at the Dusun resort in a nature reserve near Seremban, which is 39 miles south of the capital Kuala Lumpur.
According to LBT, her father raised the alarm when he discovered her missing from her bedroom at 08:00 local time on Sunday.
In a statement on Facebook given the owners if the resort, they said, ‘very worried and distressed’ and pray for the safety of Nora.
Nora’s aunt Aisling Agnew, Speaking from Belfast said, ‘Parents of Nora and relatives in France and Ireland are distressed by her disappearance. She is a child with special needs and has developmental disabilities which make her particularly vulnerable and we fear for her security. Now, we believe this a criminal matter.’
“Out of character”
Mother of Nora, Meabh is originally from Belfast and his father is French and is travelling on an Irish passport.
Catherine Cook, a Family friend said that ‘For Nora, it is out of character to go wandering off.
In the foothills of the Titiwangsa Mountains, Dusun is a 12-acre orchard resort near 4,000-acre Berembun Forest Reserve.
The LBT has provided an email address and hotline for information. (Email: email@example.com. and call +448000988485)
A spokesman of Foreign Affairs Irish Department said, ‘We are alert of the case and are providing consular help.’