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Search for London teen missing in Malaysia enters 2nd week

Search for London teen missing in Malaysia enters 2nd week

More than 260 people have taken part in the operation that has included aerial searches, thermal detectors, sniffer dogs, indigenous trackers and elite commando forces.

Malaysian authorities have been leading a large-scale search operation for 15-year-old Nora Anne Quoirin.

Malaysian police yesterday said they had checked 30 local properties and spoken to the owners of neighbouring resorts, but one nearby proprietor said they had yet to be contacted.

It is now nearly a week since the teenager, who is vulnerable and has special needs, was last seen.

The family of Nora Anne Quoirin discovered her missing August 4 from the Dusun eco-resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state, in a case that has baffled police and turned up no evidence so far.

A recording of Nóra's mother Meabh is being played over speakers through the jungle in an attempt to draw Nóra out in case she is afraid and in hiding.

The reward of 50,000 Malaysian ringgit - approximately €10,806 - was donated by an anonymous Belfast business, Nora's family said.

The 15-year-old vanished more than a week ago after arriving at a remote eco-resort with her family for a two-week holiday.

In a statement released by the Lucie Blackman Trust, which supports Britons overseas, her family said: "All her life, she has spent a lot of time in hospital".

She said: 'We know you're searching night and day for Nora.

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Train services in and out of London , including Thameslink, Southern and Gatwick Express were facing delays and cancellations. Police were called to busy junctions to man the flow of traffic. "We're just assessing how many traffic signals are out".

"The police have been working extremely hard to bring Nora home".

"To be with us here, it means the world to us". We are appealing to anyone who has information about Nora to help us find her. She has been vulnerable since the day she was born.

"And thank you so much and terima kasih", she said.

Nora was travelling on an Irish passport.

She went missing from the 12-acre (five-hectare) Dusun Resort, which lies near a forest reserve not far from Kuala Lumpur, in the foothills of a mountain range.

"She is not like other teenagers".

Nora was born with a disorder that means she struggles with everyday tasks.

"She has been to Asia and many European countries before and has never wandered off or got lost". Posters of the girl have also been circulated in the district.

Gardai last night sent a liaison officer to Kuala Lumpur to assist the Department of Foreign Affairs and to liaise with Malaysian police and United Kingdom and French authorities to assist in the search for Nora.