On Sunday, August 11th, a 15-year-old London girl has been missing for a full week after she vanished from a Malaysian forest resort. Concerns for her safety are rising.
The family of Nora Anne Quoirin discovered her missing on August 4th from the Dusun eco-resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state, in a case that has baffled police and turned up no evidence so far, according to AP.
Negeri Sembilan police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop said on Sunday that the area had never encountered missing persons reports before, except for hikers who lost their way in the jungle, and that police were investigating all angles. Apparently, villagers had heard the sound of a truck early in the morning the girl was reported missing.
About 300 people continued the search for Nora, despite heavy rain falls and a Muslim holiday being celebrated on Sunday. A new hotline was also set up, in the hope that new information would come through, Yusop added.
Police have said, they did not rule out a possible crime element being involved, but believe the teen climbed out through an open window in the living room of the family's cottage and was still in the vicinity of the resort.
Quoirin's family, however, as reported by the BBC, are convinced that their daughter has been abducted.
The parents woke up last Sunday to find Nora missing from her bedroom at the resort. In a statement they explained, Nora "never goes anywhere by herself" and there was "no reason to believe she wandered off and is lost".
They said on Saturday that their daughter was born with holoprosencephaly, a malformation that causes her to have a smaller brain and led to learning and physical disabilities. They said she was not independent, has difficulty walking and has never wandered off on her own or become lost despite having been to other Asian and European countries before.