Police in Malaysia have intensified their search for an Irish teenager who went missing on Sunday in an area of dense jungle near her holiday resort.
Nora Anne Quoirin, 15, who lives in London, was reported missing from her room at the Dusun Pantai Hill resort in Seremban – a nature reserve on the edge of a rainforest about 43 miles south of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.
More than 178 people, a helicopter and canine units are now searching for the young girl, who has a learning disability.
Nora’s extended family are travelling to the Southeast Asian nation to assist with the search and on Tuesday raised more than £24,000 in a Go Fund Me campaign to support the rescue effort.
Local police officers have said the case is being handled as a missing persons enquiry as they have found no sign that she was abducted.
“She may just be lost,” Mohamad Mat Yuson, the police chief, told reporters, adding that she could not have wandered far from the resort, a 12-acre orchard retreat in the foothills of the Titiwanga mountains.
Search and rescue officials told The Telegraph that they had so far found no trace of Nora, but they believed she would be close by because of the steep slopes of the difficult terrain. The search is also spreading out along the riverbeds downhill from the resort.
Nora’s mother Meabh, from Northern Ireland and her French father have not publicly commented on their daughter’s disappearance but her aunt Aisling Agnew said the family was “distraught” by the tragic turn of events shortly after they arrived for a two-week holiday.
In a statement on the family’s Go Fund Me page, the teenager’s relatives contradicted the public statement of the police to say that Nora’s disappearance was being treated as an abduction.
“Nora would not know how to get help and would never leave her family voluntarily,” they said.
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