£100,000 donated to search for Nora Quoirin

Members of a rescue team conduct a search and rescue operation for missing girl Nora Quoirin

SHAMANS conducted rituals in the Malaysian jungle today in the latest bid to find a missing Franco-Irish teen, as her family offered a reward for information leading to the girl's return.

15-year-old Nóra disappeared on Sunday August 4th from the Dusun Holiday Resort near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, where she was staying with her parents.

In the statement, her tearful mother said: "Nora is our first child".

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.

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

The reward of 50,000 Malaysian ringgit - approximately €10,600 - was donated by an anonymous Belfast business, Nora's family said.

The reward money was donated anonymously by a Belfast-based businessman as the search for the young girl, who has serious learning difficulties, expanded to some 350 people and has now drafted in officers from Scotland Yard, France, Ireland and Interpol.

She reportedly vanished barefoot from the hotel and into the dense Malaysian jungle, but no clues have been found there in the week since she has been missing.

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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.

"In order to help with their investigation, we have made a decision to offer a reward".

Her family had said that due to Nora's illness, she is "very shy and can be quite anxious" with strangers, hence unlikely to wander away from her parents.

Meabh Jaseprine also urged the public with any information on her daughter to call the police hotline at 0111-2285058 or email [email protected] from outside Malaysia. "Most important now, the child will be released", he said in the video.

Investigators have questioned 20 people and said a forensic team was analyzing fingerprints found in the cottage where the girl went missing.

Nora Anne Quoirin, 15 and with learning disabilities, was reported missing on August 4 after her family arrived at the Dusun resort in Seremban, about 70 km (44 miles) south of Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur.

Police are treating her disappearance as a missing person case, however they have not ruled out a possible criminal element.

"And thank you so much and terima kasih", she said.

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