Missing teen's mother thanks Malaysia search team


Some 300 Malaysian searchers aided by drones and sniffer dogs are scouring the forest area near the resort, playing recordings of Nora's mother calling out to her.

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

The girl's mother, Meabh Quoirin, said a Belfast-based company has donated 50,000 ringgit (NZ$18,500) for information that directly helps police find Nora.

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On Friday, gardai confirmed a liaison officer was being dispatched to assist with the investigation.

Negri Sembilan police deputy chief SAC Che Zakaria Othman said the police teams arrived in Malaysia last week.

"We are extremely impressed by the effort, your expertise, your dedication and we hope you find Nora". "(We are) quite familiar with all the routes and trails, so we try to help as much as possible to find the girl", said hiker Sherley Yap.

As efforts to search the missing girl continues, the parents of Nora stepped up to the plate to share their gratitude of the efforts of the SAR team to look for their daughter.

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

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.

Nora Anne was found missing from her bedroom which she shared with her siblings at 8am the following day.

On Monday, a handful of traditional shamans - known locally as "bomoh" - appeared to go into a trance in the jungle as they conducted rituals to help locate her. They are treating her a missing person but have not ruled out that she may have been abducted. Nora likes to walk with her family but her balance is limited and she struggles with co-ordination.

"When she was born, she needed operations to help her breathe".

Day Nine of the search-and-rescue mission today involved 353 personnel.

Investigators have questioned 20 people and said a forensic team was analysing fingerprints found in the cottage where the girl went missing.