Hopes fade for girl, 15, missing in Malaysia as police scale back search

Police in Malaysia are scaling back their search for missing British teenager Nora Quoirin after her mother’s heartbreaking plea to keep looking for her.

Nora, 15, who has learning difficulties and was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly, disappeared from a Malaysian jungle resort on a family holiday last Sunday.

More than 300 search and rescue personnel including elite troops have been desperately trying to find the London schoolgirl.

While Sunday is a religious holiday in the Asian country, the teams will continue scouring the jungle.

Yesterday her parents Meabh and Sebastien made an emotional public appeal in which they thanked searchers and revealed how Nora would be pining for her nighttime cuddles.

Now it has emerged the search will be reduced from a 12km to 4km zone around the resort where she was last seen.

Deputy Commissioner Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop said this will allow the searchers to concentrate on a more focused area.

Mr Mohamad said there was no evidence that Nora had been abducted but a separate criminal investigation is taking place alongside the search.

It is reported that police have carried out criminal record checks on some villagers in the area.

M 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.

‘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.

‘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.’

Yesterday 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 searching for 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.’

Nora’s parents described how their daughter has limited verbal communication, meaning she cannot make or receive phone calls independently or write more than a few words at a time, and cannot grasp how to manage money.

‘She is not like other teenagers. She is not independent and does not go anywhere alone,’ they said in a statement released by the Lucie Blackman Trust.

‘Nora likes to walk with her family, but her balance is limited and she struggles with coordination.

‘She has been to Asia, and many European countries before, and has never wandered off or got lost.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lucie Blackman Trust intelligence on [email protected] or +44 800 098 8485.

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