Nora Quoirin was traveling in Malaysia on an Irish passport.
A 15-year-old girl has gone missing in Malaysia where she was traveling with her family. Nora Quoirin has learning difficulties and lives in London but is an Irish passport holder through her mother Meabh, who is originally from Belfast.
She had been on a family holiday at a resort near Seremban, around an hour south of the capital Kuala Lumpur, when she was reported missing Sunday. Her parents raised the alarm when they discovered she was not in her room on Sunday morning and the window was open.
It is believed sniffer dogs are being used to track her whereabouts. While police are said to be treating it as a missing person case, her parents are insisting that she would not have wandered off.
More than 160 people are now searching the nearby forest and villages aided by local Orang Asli people, who have knowledge of the terrain.
The teenager has just arrived in the resort on Saturday.
"Nora's parents and relatives in Ireland and France are distraught by her disappearance," Nora's aunt Aisling Agnew told the BBC.
"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."
“It’s out of character for Nora to go wandering off," family friend Catherine Cook also told PA.
“I’m a mother and I burst into tears just hearing this story. I cannot imagine the hell that they are living right now. I just ask for anyone who can help them to do so as soon as possible.
“To my knowledge, the French government and the Irish government are helping them and it would be great if other agencies or governments worldwide could support them.”
A spokesperson for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed, “We are aware of the case and providing consular assistance.”