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Search for London teen missing in Malaysia enters 2nd week

Search for London teen missing in Malaysia enters 2nd week

The parents of a vulnerable teenager missing in Malaysian forest have offered a reward as part of their desperate search to find their daughter.

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The search for a 15-year-old London girl who mysteriously vanished from a Malaysian forest resort entered a second week on Sunday, with no letup despite a major Muslim festival amid rising concerns for her safety.

Her family offered a 50,000 ringgit ($11,900) reward, donated by a Belfast business, for information that could lead to her return, said The Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity that supports the families of British people missing overseas.

The search for the 15 year old is into its 9th day with 353 people involved in the operation.

Dogs trained in finding dead bodies are also now being used in the search for Nora. The search effort has slowly been expanding as the days Nora has been missing slowly turn into weeks.

Nora and her mother and father, who are Irish and french respectively, arrived in Malaysia from the United Kingdom - where they have been living for 20 years - on Saturday, August 3.

"We see you working so hard and also praying with us and being with us".

Police in Malaysia have opened a dedicated hotline for people to call with information regarding the disappearance of Nora Quoirin.

They are treating her as a missing person but do not rule out a possible criminal element in her disappearance.

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"You have given up your time especially at a special festival time", she said, referring to Hari Raya Haji, the Islamic "festival of sacrifice" celebrations.

Gardaí and members of the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Metropolitan Police are supporting the Malaysian police with the case.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Met Police have joined Irish police in providing support to authorities in Malaysia.

The schoolgirl went missing from the 12-acre (five-hectare) Dusun Resort not far from Kuala Lumpur, which is near a forest reserve and in the foothills of a mountain range.

The money was donated to the search by an anonymous company in Belfast - Nora's mother Meabh's home city.

In a video on local media, she added: "We want to say thank you to each and every one of you".

The family found her missing from her room at the resort the following morning.

In a statement obtained by the BBC on August 6, Nora's family said she "never goes anywhere by herself" and there was "no reason to believe she wandered off and is lost".