‘Our hearts are breaking’: Missing Nora Quoirin’s frantic parents offer £10k reward as they make an emotional appeal for help finding their ‘vulnerable’ daughter – as shaman brought in by police claims she was taken by a ‘genie’
- Parent offered reward donated by an anonymous businessman in Belfast
- Cadaver dogs roamed the Malaysian jungle in the search for teen Nora Quoirin
- The dogs have been trained to seek out dead bodies and were led by handlers
- Shamans also drafted and entered a trance-like state during a ritual to find her
- British police today arrived in Malaysia after Nora went missing from eco-resort
- Irish and French Nora, who has learning difficulties, went missing on August 4
The parents of missing teen Nora Quoirin today offered a £10,000 reward for information that could lead to her safe return.
Meabh and Sebastien also made an emotional plea saying their ‘hearts are breaking’ as the reward money was announced.
They said: ‘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. We are appealing to anyone who has information about Nora to help us find her.
Meabh and Sebastien (pictured on Saturday) also made an emotional plea saying their ‘hearts are breaking’ as the reward money was announced
The £10,000 reward – 50,000 in local Malaysian Ringgit currency – has been donated by an anonymous businessman based in Belfast.
The offer comes as British, Irish and French Police join the search as it stretches into its second week.
The family have been liaising with the Lucie Blackman Trust who provide support for those with a loved one missing.
The announcement of the reward came in a video statement made by Meabh.
She said: ‘The police have been working extremely hard o bring Nora home. In order to help their investigation, we have decided to offer a reward. 50,000R has been donated by an anonymous Belfast-based businessman for any information that directly helps us to find Nora.’
Irish and French Nora, who has learning difficulties, went missing from the eco-resort in Malaysia last week
Malaysian police today during a press a conference. The £10,000 reward – 50,000 in local Malaysian Ringgit currency – has been donated by an anonymous businessman based in Belfast
This comes after shaman, believed to be able to summon spirits, joined the search as they entered a trance-like state during a ritual in a bid to find the teen.
Shaman Khalid Mohamad said he believes the girl was lured by a genie, an invisible spirit believed by Muslims to inhabit the Earth and influence mankind by appearing in the form of humans or animals.
He said in the video that the genie was attracted to the girl because she has special needs and had chosen Quoirin as its step-child.
The video showed the shaman crying and appealing for the girl’s return.
The hunt for missing teen Nora Quoirin has involved the use of dogs trained in finding dead bodies and shaman, it emerged today
‘Tonight I will ask for the spirit to return her from where (she was taken) and the condition they took her but they will ask for something in exchange. That will be between me and them. Most important now, the child will be released,’ he said in the video.
Dogs trained in finding dead bodies and shaman were also drafted in to help with the search, it emerged today.
As hope of finding the missing 15-year-old fade, cadaver dogs roamed the dense jungle with their handlers surrounding the remote eco-resort in Malaysia.
British police today arrived in Malaysia to aid the hunt for missing Nora, while officers from France and Ireland are also involved as search enters its ninth day.
The use of the specialist dogs comes as the largest number of search and rescue personnel so far used continued to work
Police refused to discuss what role they had but it is likely to be on the criminal investigation that is being run parallel to the missing persons inquiry.
Assistant Commissioner Che Zaharia confirmed at an evening press conference that police from the three nations were assisting – but would not answer questions about a criminal investigation.
‘We have police from three nations assisting us. France, Ireland and U.K.’
A spokesman for the Met Police referred all calls to the National Crime Agency.
A member of the Garda, the Irish police, has been in Malaysia several days acting as a family liaison officer.
Undated family handout photo of Meabh Quoirin with her daughter Nora who was barefoot when she went missing from her bedroom in the early hours of Sunday August 4
The use of the specialist dogs comes as the largest number of search and rescue personnel continued to work in energy sapping hot and humid temperatures, hacking their way through the jungle vines and vegetation.
‘The cadaver dogs are used as well as sniffer dogs as there was no scent found of the girl in the first few days,’ said a member of the search team.
‘As of yet the dogs have not found anything and that is a good sign.
‘In the heat out here a body would be found sooner rather than later.’
MailOnline visited one of the command posts manned by members of the civil defence team.
Shaman, believed to be able to access spirits, have also joined the search as they entered a trance-like state during a ritual in a bid to find the teen
Exhausted rescue teams worked through the night crashed out on camp bed while high-powered torches they had used were left re-charging
Details of the teams of searchers were written on white boards along with the area they have been tasked to search.
A large map of the search area was pinned to a board with the names of all those involved written down.
Nearby, exhausted rescue teams who had worked through the night crashed out on camp bed while high-powered torches they had used were left re-charging.
One member of the civil defence team said she had been camping out for over a week since Nora was first reported missing.
The search teams are operating in groups of three and are each given a sector to cover.
Search crews looking for the 15-year-old have have worked through the night and crashed out on camp beds
A shaman participates in the search for the missing teen after she went missing from her eco-resort on August 4
Nora (pictured left) went missing from her bedroom on August 4 while on a family holiday at a nature resort in Seremban, Malaysia. Pictured on the right is a map of the resort from where she disappeared
With temperatures in the high 90s and high humidity the searchers are left physically exhausted making their way step by step through the thick jungle vegetation.
Meanwhile, shaman – known as bomoh in Malaysia – roamed the forest with the search party and entered a trance while performing a ritual incantation.
In Southeast Asian culture, shamans summon spirits who can lead them to seek missing persons or investigate bad luck.
Police have not said how long they will continue to search but today 348 were involved.
The special needs teen has not been seen for nine days since disappearing from her holiday villa at an eco resort near the town of Seremban.
Shaman – known as bomoh in Malaysia – roamed the forest with the search party and entered a trance while performing a ritual incantation
Fears over the safety of Nora, who has learning difficulties, have grown after it emerged she was barefoot at the time of her disappearance.
She is understood to have left the villa with no shoes and only wearing a nightdress and while her parents believe she was abducted local police co-ordinating the search insist they are looking for a missing person.
Known paedophiles have been interviewed and police visited the homes of 30 local people, but did not find any trace of the teen.
The National Crime Agency and Met Police have offered their support to the Malaysian authorities.
‘It is purely support at the end of a phone, said a Met Police police source.
A Royal Malaysian Police officer points to a map showing the search and rescue operation area
‘Officers will not be taken off the streets of London to go and search in the jungle.’
An officer from Ireland’s Garda police force is acting as a liaison with the family but is not involved in the search on the ground around the foothills of he Titiwangsa Mountains
Despite an intense police activity they have not found a single clue that points to what has happened to the ‘vulnerable’ teenager.
Her parents Sebastien and Meabh say it is ‘unthinkable’ that she would wander off alone.
Nora was sleeping in the same room as her younger siblings and her parents were in a bedroom a few feet away.
She was discovered missing by her father Sebastien at around 8am and a downstairs door was wide open.
Nora and her family arrived at the sprawling resort, located 39 miles south of Kuala Lumpur, on August 3 before she went to sleep beside her siblings in an upstairs bedroom. The Dusun resort is pictured above
They have told police they did not hear anything and there were no signs of a struggle.
The only clue to the teen’s disappearance was an open ground floor window, which police believe she climbed out and then wandered into the jungle.
Nora Quoirin ‘could only have left her cottage through an open window’
Nora Quoirin could only have left the resort cottage through an open window on the ground floor, Malaysian police believe.
Authorities yesterday released pictures of the cottage’s living room and the open window where unknown fingerprints were discovered.
The window is fairly narrow but police believe Nora could have squeezed through.
The open ground-floor window that Nora may have left through
‘Only the glass window exit was used. We are certain about this, a police officer told Malaysian media, citing the work of a forensic police team.
Police are now investigating whether the fingerprints could belong to an outsider as Nora’s family fears that she was abducted from the cottage.
Whether the window could have been opened from the outside remains unclear.
Another window in the bedroom upstairs, where the girl was sleeping with her two siblings, was kept shut.
One theory is that she woke up early jet lagged after her 12hour flight from London and, disorientated at being in a strange bedroom, got up and left.
Police have said there is no sign of any intruder entering the property.
They have not found any footprints inside the villa or forensic evidence to suggest an unknown person was inside.
The entire area around the villa where the family were staying is covered with soggy vegetation and the single-track road leading to the resort is covered with mud.
Had someone entered through the window and climbed a flight of stairs to an upstairs bedroom where Nora was sleeping it is assumed there would have been traces of mud on the floor.
It is because of the lack of evidence of any crime that police are treating the case as primarily that of a missing person.
Fears for Nora’s safety are compounded by her special needs.
She was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder than affects brain development, which means she struggles with co-ordination.
As police are convinced they are dealing with a missing person rather than a crime they are concentrating their search in a 4km area around the Dusan eco resort.
Search teams and senior police were today given a morale-boosting visit by a senior Malaysian Government minister to boost morale.
Transport minister Loke Siew Fook also met privately with the Quoirin family to assure them authorities were doing everything possible to find their daughter.
The search teams included men from the General Operations Force’s 4th Battalion, Semenyih, 3rd Battalion Senoi Praaq unit; Fire and Rescue Department; Civil Defence Force; People’s Voluntary Corps (RELA); and Sarawak Forest Department as well as local residents.
Jungle survival experts say Nora could still be alive if she has been able to source water and take shelter.
But the environment she is lost in is also filled with threats from poisonous snakes and other insects and animals.
Nora, 15, went missing while on a holiday with her family in Malaysia. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lucie Blackman Trust intelligence on [email protected] or +44 800 098 8485
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