Hotline set up in bid to find Nora Quoirin
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Police in Malaysia looking for missing teenager Nora Quoirin have set up a dedicated hotline to receive information.
The search for Nora, 15, from London, is continuing a week after she disappeared from a Malaysian jungle resort.
Hundreds of people have joined the search operation to try to find the teenager who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly and has special needs.
Police officers announced the new hotline in Malaysia on Sunday with the number 0111 2285058.
Nora’s mother Meabh thanked the searchers: “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.
Negeri Sembilan police Deputy Commissioner Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop said some of those involved in the search had attended Hari Raya Haji prayers on Sunday morning at a nearby mosque.
“However, this will not hamper the search,” he said.
The search has continued through the night with a total of 317 personnel deployed on Saturday.
Mr Mohamad said: “So far, we have no credible leads on where she is but we will continue with the search.
“We are accepting information from all parties and our investigation is exploring all angles.”
He added that there was no evidence to indicate Nora, who has an Irish passport, had been abducted.
“We are very worried about her safety. We don’t know how long she can survive. The team is working diligently day and night to find her as soon as possible,” he said.
Background checks of people in the area who may have criminal records have been made.
Mr Mohamad said: “We have also questioned several people as well as checked the homes of hotel staff. There is also no evidence that anyone has sighted Nora Anne anywhere.”
Ms Quoirin and her husband Sebastien, a French-Irish couple who have lived in London for 20 years, said “terima kasih”, or “thank you” in Malay, to those who had joined the search.
In a short speech, Ms Quoirin held back tears as her husband stood beside her.
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.”
Ms Quoirin praised the dedication and expertise shown by those looking for Nora.
She said: “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.”
The family have said they remain hopeful after police leading the investigation refused to rule out a “criminal element”.
Search crews have been playing recorded voice messages from Nora’s mother, hoping she would respond to them.
:: Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lucie Blackman Trust intelligence on email@example.com or +44 800 098 8485 or the hotline number – 0111 2285058.