Baffling Disappearance Of Teenage Girl From Family's Hotel Room
The British family of a teenager missing in Malaysia are frantically searching for her after she vanished from her hotel room.
Nora Quoirin, 15, was on holiday with her family in Seremban, on the edge of rainforest near Kuala Lumpur when she disappeared without a trace.
The family from London arrived in Malaysia from the UK on Saturday for a two week trip in the Southeast Asian country.
The BBC reports her parents woke in their room at the Dusun Resort on Sunday morning to windows to their daughter's room wide open and Nora nowhere to be seen.
Nora's parents made the worrying discovery at about 6.30 am on Sunday local time. Local authorities, together with Nora's family, are searching for the teenager who has learning difficulties.
Members of Nora's extended family have also appealed for assistance on social media.
"Urgent. Please help and share," Nora's aunt Aisling Agnew wrote on Twitter.
"My niece (Nora Quoirin) has gone missing in Seremban an hour or so from KL in Malaysia. She is 15 with special needs, and hasn’t been seen since everyone went to bed last night."
Nora's family has been living in the UK for nearly 20 years, however, it's believed the teenager was travelling on an Irish Passport.
In a statement obtained by the BBC, a spokesman for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs said, "we are aware of the case and providing consular assistance".
It's unclear how or why Nora came to leave her hotel room.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) website Smart Traveller indicates that Malaysia is an overall safe place to visit for Australians. The department recommends holidayers "exercise normal safety precautions" when travelling to the Asian nation.
DFAT has indicated people should "reconsider your need to travel" to the coastal region of eastern Sabah due to kidnapping risk. This area is on a completely different island to where Nora disappeared.
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