Belfast mum left 'frantic' as daughter disappears in Malaysia
The Belfast mother of a 15-year-old girl who has gone missing in Malaysia is "frantic" after her disappearance, a friend has said.
Meabh Quoirin had been on a family holiday with her daughter Nora, who has learning difficulties, at a resort near Seremban, on the edge of a rainforest and around an hour south of the capital Kuala Lumpur.
The teenager's parents reportedly discovered she was not in her room on Sunday at around 6.30am local time and that the window was open.
Family friend Catherine Cook said that it was "out of character for Nora to go wandering off" and her parents had been left "frantic".
She added: "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.
"It is a living nightmare for any parent and we just ask for people to share Nora's image as far and wide as possible to help the search.
"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."
The family friend estimated that by noon UK time Nora had already been missing for 12 hours, according to the BBC.
Nora, whose father is French, is understood to have been travelling on an Irish passport.
The family are said to have been living in London for a number of years.
They had reportedly only just arrived for what was "going to be a trip of a lifetime".
The BBC reported that Malaysian police are using sniffer dogs in their search.
Social media posts by friends and family appealing for help in locating Nora have been shared more than 25,000 times.
Replies to the posts indicate they have reached Malaysia with many people commenting that they had shared the appeal in Facebook groups related to the area where Nora has gone missing.
A spokesman for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs said: "We are aware of the case and providing consular assistance."
Foreign travel advice for Malaysia on the UK Government website said that around 360,000 British nationals visit Malaysia each year.
It added: "Most visits are trouble free, but incidents of petty crime, especially bag snatching, can affect visitors."
There is also a warning of a "threat to foreigners of kidnapping and criminality" but this is linked to the eastern coast of Sabah and in particular the islands close to the Sulu Archipelago in the southern Philippines, which is around 1,150 miles from where Nora disappeared.