'Our Hearts Are Breaking': Parents Of Missing Teen Issue Harrowing Public Plea
The parents of a vulnerable teenager missing in Malaysian forest have offered a reward as part of their desperate search to find their daughter.
Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin have spoken publicly for the first time since their 15-year-old daughter Nora went missing from their apartment at the Dunsan resort Seremban, about 40 miles south of Kuala Lumpur.
Nora's parents discovered her missing from her bed with the room windows wide open on the morning of August 4, after the family had arrived in the southeast Asian nation for the "holiday of a lifetime".
They have held grave concerns for her safety since, as Nora has special needs and has never been anywhere alone.
Nora and her mother and father, who are Irish and french respectively, arrived in Malaysia from the UK -- where they have been living for 20 years -- on Saturday, August 3.
On Monday, local time, Nora's parents offered a 50,000 ringgit (AUD $17,800) reward to urge anyone with information about their daughter's whereabouts to come forward. The money was donated to the search by an anonymous company in Belfast -- Nora's mother Meabh's home city.
"Nora is our first child. She has been vulnerable since the day she was born. She is so precious to us and our hearts are breaking," they said.
A further 94,000 pounds (AUD $167,800) has been raised via a fundraising page set up by Nora's aunt. The money is expected to be used by the family to cover expenses for the search.
Police from France, Ireland and the UK are providing Malaysian police with support in their quest to locate Nora. The search effort has slowly been expanding as the days Nora has been missing slowly turn into weeks.
There are now 350 people searching for the teenager in the forest where it's believed she is missing. A number of Sharmans -- tribal healers who act as a medium between the visible and spiritual worlds -- have also been involved in the search.
Police set up an official hotline on Sunday, where members of the public can call and leave information about Nora's disappearance anonymously. Anyone with information has been urged to call the number: 0111-2285058.
Recordings of Meabh's voice have also been played in the forest with megaphones and loudspeakers, in the hope that Nora will hear a familiar voice and move towards it.
"Nora darling, I love you. Mum is here," Meabh says in the recording, according to Malaysia newspaper the New Straits Times.
Malaysian Police have been treating Nora's disappearance as a missing person case, however, her family believes she was abducted from her hotel room as she slept.
In a statement obtained by the BBC on August 6, Nora's family said she "never goes anywhere by herself" and there was "no reason to believe she wandered off and is lost".
"She looks younger [than 15], she is not capable of taking care of herself, and she won't understand what is going on," the statement said.
Police have been distributing missing person signs in surrounding villages and questioning locals to determine if anyone may have sighted Nora.
At this stage, there has not been a confirmed sighting of Nora since she vanished.
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