Missing Nora Quoirin: Mum’s voice used in search

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Image caption Police believe Nora Quoirin remains in the vicinity of the hotel where she was staying

A mum’s voice calling out for her missing daughter was played over loudspeakers during a search of the Malaysian jungle for the teenager.

Police believe Nora Quoirin, 15, who has special needs, is still somewhere near the Dusan resort she vanished from on Sunday.

They played loudhailer recordings of Meabh Quoirin calling Nora’s name during the search of nearby rainforest.

Police believe she could be lost but her family fear she has been abducted.

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Media captionÉadaoin Agnew said Nora’s disappearance had been “extremely traumatic for the whole family”

Nora, her parents Meabh and Sebastian – an Irish-French couple from London – and her younger brother and sister arrived at the resort near Seremban, about 39 miles south of Kuala Lumpur, on Saturday for a two-week stay.

Her father raised the alarm the following morning when she was found to be missing from her bedroom with the window open.

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Image caption Nora Quoirin’s disappearance has been described as “completely out of character”

Malaysian police have “not ruled out anything” but are treating the 15-year-old’s disappearance as a missing persons case.

During their search, teams played out a recording of Nora’s mother calling her daughter’s name in the hope that it would draw her towards the sound.

“We played the recording using loudhailers,” said Mohamad Mat Yusop, police chief of southern Negeri Sembilan state.

He added that voices of other family members would also be used.

Officers have been divided into six teams who are searching an area of jungle about 2.5 sq miles in size.

“We hope that on this fifth day we will be successful in finding the missing victim,” district police chief Mohamad Nor Marzukee Besar said.

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Image caption Nearly 250 officers are taking part in the search
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Image caption France’s Ambassador to Malaysia Frederic Laplanche has travelled to the area

Nora’s relatives have told the BBC it was “unthinkable” the teenager, who has special needs, had left her room on her own.

Her grandfather Sylvain Quoirin described her as “very shy, very reserved, very fearful”.

“In my opinion, the adventure escapade line of inquiry is not at all valid,” he said.

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Image caption The operation is focussed on an area of two-and-a-half square miles around the hotel

An online fundraising page set up to cover “unforeseen expenses or charges” as family members join the search in Malaysia has raised more than £55,000.

Missing persons charity the Lucie Blackman Trust, which is supporting the family, has provided a hotline and email address for information.

People can remain anonymous and can call +448000988485 or email



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