Hundreds search in Malaysia for missing teen despite major holiday

The open window of the holiday cottage the Quoirin family were staying in. Credit Royal Malaysian Police

The open window of the holiday cottage the Quoirin family were staying in. Credit Royal Malaysian Police

THE SEARCH for missing teenager Nóra Quoirin is continuing following the discovery of footprints in the area near where she disappeared.

The search involved 296 people yesterday, and police will review its scale on Thursday.

Each SAR team has been equipped with a bullhorn, while some are using their mobile phones to play the recording of Nora Anne's mother during the search operation.

Malaysia is a majority Muslim country, now marking the Hari Raya Haji, or Islamic "Festival of Sacrifice" celebrations.

Negeri Sembilan police chief 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.

While officially treating it as a missing person case, police say they have not ruled out other possibilities.

Because the police had searched the hilly terrain, the Orang Asli viewed that it did not make sense for her to continue hiking upwards to the hilly jungle area.

"We are very anxious 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.

For now, the case remains a missing persons case as the police have yet to obtain any lead or information to reclassify the case.

"We have also questioned several people as well as checked the homes of hotel staff".

Her family believes Nora has been abducted because she wouldn't have wandered off on her own.

Nora's parents, Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin, appeared on camera on Saturday to thank searchers and beg them not to give up.

An exhausted Mrs Quoirin, 45, held back tears as her husband rubbed her arm. We know you have given up your time, especially during a special festival time (Aidiladha) to be with us here, it means the world to us.

The police have also revealed that the teen was believed to have left the resort only in her undergarments, as those were the last outfit she was seen sleeping in, according to statements from her parents.

"We are very anxious about (her) welfare and we don't know how long (she) can survive", Mohamad Mat Yusop, police chief of Negeri Sembilan state where Seremban is located, told reporters. We are so grateful for everything you are doing, everyone who is helping'.

Ms Quoirin praised the dedication and expertise shown by those looking for Nora.

The teenager's family said she was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder which affects brain development, meaning that she "struggles with co-ordination".

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