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Police searching for Brit girl, 15, missing in jungle check on known paedophiles

Mirror logo Mirror 10/08/2019 Patrick Hill
a person standing on a rock: Nora has been missing for a week © PA Nora has been missing for a week

Police have searched the homes of staff working at the Malaysian holiday resort where British schoolgirl Nora Quoirin vanished seven days ago, it has emerged.

Officers have also quizzed the taxi driver who took the 15-year-old and her family there from Kuala Lumpur Airport hours before she disappeared last Saturday.

And investigators from the country’s Bukit Aman – equivalent to the FBI – are checking records of known paedophiles and other criminals in the area.

After a seventh day combing thick jungle for Nora – who struggles to walk, balance and look after herself – police chief Mohamad Bin Mat Yusof said on Saturday: “We are very worried about Nora’s welfare and do not know how long she can survive. We have no sign of her and no leads.”

Nora was last seen in the family’s cottage at the exclusive Dusun Rainforest Resort near Seremban – 40 miles south of the capital – with parents Meabh and Sebastian, sister Innes, 12, and brother Maurice, eight.

Dad Sebastian raised the alarm at 8am last Sunday.

a group of people standing in a forest: Search teams have been pursuing multiple lines of enquiry since the teen's disappearance © John Gladwin/Sunday Mirror Search teams have been pursuing multiple lines of enquiry since the teen's disappearance

Detectives believe Nora left the room through an aluminium-framed ground floor window.

Her family believe she was abducted, because her disability means she “does not go anywhere alone”.

Nora suffers from holoprosencephaly, a condition which means her brain is smaller then average.

Police now admitted it is possible to open the window from the outside and have checked for fingerprints around it.

But they insist the investigation is a “missing person case” – refusing to say if they think she was abducted.

a man standing in front of a group of people posing for the camera: Meabh and Sebastien, the parents of missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin, using a loudspeaker to call out to Nora as they continue to search for her in Seremban © Getty Meabh and Sebastien, the parents of missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin, using a loudspeaker to call out to Nora as they continue to search for her in Seremban

Mum Meabh on Saturday broke down in tears as she thanked search and rescue teams in the rainforest.

A regular worshipper at a catholic church in Balham, south-west London, she said she is praying for Nora’s return.

As Sebastian – also close to tears – stroked her arm to comfort her, she told the team of 317 men and women: “We know you are searching night and day for Nora.

“We see you’re working so hard and are also praying with us and being with us. We want to say thank you to each and every one of you.

“It means the world to us and we are so grateful for everything that you are doing for us.

“Everyone here, and everyone who is helping who is not here, we are extremely impressed with the effort, your expertise, your dedication.”

a man standing next to a forest: The Malaysian search and rescue (Unit Pengesan) dog unit were brought in to search the jungle near Pantai where Nora is suspected to be lost © John Gladwin/Sunday Mirror The Malaysian search and rescue (Unit Pengesan) dog unit were brought in to search the jungle near Pantai where Nora is suspected to be lost

Her voice breaking, she said: “We hope you find Nora.” Then she said thank you in Malay: “Terima kasih.”

Relatives have flown from the UK and Singapore to be with Meabh, director of a market research company, and Sebastian, a data analysis firm salesman.

The family are still staying in the property at the eco-resort, which is being guarded by police. Police and volunteers will today continue searching the area around the cottage – even though it is a Muslim holiday in Malaysia.

a group of people that are set up on a picnic table: The Dusun in Seremban, Malaysia © Booking.com The Dusun in Seremban, Malaysia

Searchers are using loud hailers to call Nora’s name and to play a recording of Meabh telling her: “Nora, darling, it’s mummy. Mummy is here now, my Nora bean.”

They are also using a helicopter and nine drones with thermal-imaging cameras to scan the search area through the night.

And they are checking phone triangulation data and email traffic to establish who was around the resort as Nora vanished.

The family’s spokesman Matthew Searle, of the Lucie Blackman Trust, said last night: “The local police are treating it as a missing person case, but the national CID are looking at any criminal angles. It’s good to see they’re being thorough.”

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