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Police worried for survival of Irish girl missing in Malaysia

Police worried for survival of Irish girl missing in Malaysia

A poster of a missing British girl Nora Anne Quoirin is seen as a motorcyclist, reflected on an acrylic, rides past in Seremban, Malaysia.

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".

Scotland Yard, the National Crime Agency and Interpol are now involved in the search to find the London schoolgirl.

On Friday evening, An Garda Síochána deployed a Garda Liasion Officer to Kuala Lumpur to assist the Department of Foreign Affairs, who are now providing consular assistance to Nora's family.

Police believe the teenager climbed out of a window in the living room that was left open.

The 15-year-old was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder which affects brain development, meaning that her communication is limited and she struggles with co-ordination. Police are anxious how long she can survive in the warm and humid environment, with risky animals.

Police are treating it as a missing persons case but Nora's family believe she may have been abducted.

"More family members are travelling to Malaysia to participate in the search and rescue effort and would appreciate donations to cover any unforeseen expenses or charges incurred in the process", it added.

Sources confirmed she had no shoes with her at the time of her disappearance and she was wearing nightclothes.

Her family have said she is "not independent and does not go anywhere alone".

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On Saturday a Garda liaison officer arrived in Malaysia to assist police with their investigation and to help the Department of Foreign Affairs as they provide consular assistance to Nora's family.

Volunteers yesterday handed out 10,000 posters featuring a photo of Nora in Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas.

Nora Quoirin has been missing in Malaysia for more than a week, sparking an worldwide outcry for her return.

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

Deputy police chief Che Zakaria Othman earlier said police have received the lab test results of fingerprint samples taken from the family's accommodation.

"However, this will not hamper the search", he said.

As efforts to search the missing girl continues, the parents of Nora stepped up to the plate to share their gratitude of the efforts of the SAR team to look for their daughter.

In a short speech, Ms Quoirin held back tears, as her husband stood beside her.

"Good morning everyone. We want to say thank you to each and everyone of you, we know you are searching night and day for Nora". We are appealing to anyone who has information about Nora to help us find her.

Quoirin's family, which has lived in London for 20 years, arrived August 3 for a two-week stay at the Dusun, a small resort located in a durian orchard next to a forest reserve 63 kilometers (39 miles) south of Kuala Lumpur.