Sniffer dogs and helicopters have been brought in as police expand the search for a London teenager missing in Malaysia.
Nora Quoirin’s family said they found she was missing from her bedroom at the Dusun resort in Negeri Sembilan on Sunday morning, with the window left open.
Although her family and the Lucie Blackman Trust (LBT) – a charity they are working with – consider it a criminal matter, police in Malaysia say they have found no evidence of foul play.
According to local media, more than 160 personnel are now searching for Nora, who has special needs.
Police, fire and rescue services, civil defence and the forestry department are searching dense jungle and hilly terrain on foot, according to Malaysia’s The Star newspaper.
Sniffer dogs are also being used in the search for the 15-year-old, who is the daughter of an Irish-French couple living in London for the past 20 years. Her mother, Meabh, is originally from Belfast and the teenager is understood to be travelling on an Irish passport.
State deputy police chief Che Zakaria Othman said local indigenous people, the Orang Asli, are also helping with the search.
He told The Star: “We’ve got a platoon from the general operations force as well as a police canine team to look for Nora Anne.
“The girl’s passport and other belongings are with the family.”
The CCTV at the resort the family were staying in is limited to the counter area, he said.
Nora’s aunt Aisling Agnew, has set up a fundraising page online, and wrote: “Nora’s parents and relatives in Ireland and France are distraught by her disappearance.
“Nora is a child with special needs and has learning and developmental disabilities which make her especially vulnerable and we fear for her safety.
“Nora would not know how to get help and would never leave her family voluntarily.
“We now consider this a criminal matter.
“We are appealing to everyone to assist the local police in any way they can and to pass on any information that would help locate our beloved Nora without delay.”
She said more of Nora’s family would be travelling to help with the search and explained the money raised would help them cover any unforeseen costs.
They have so far raised £13,000.
A spokesman for Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs said: “We are aware of the case and providing consular assistance.”