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Nora darling, I love you mum is here: Recordings of missing Nora Quoirin's mother played out in bid to find teen

Meabh Quoirin with her daughter Nora Quoirin, who has gone missing while on holiday in Malaysia
Meabh Quoirin with her daughter Nora Quoirin, who has gone missing while on holiday in Malaysia
Andrew Madden

By Andrew Madden

Malaysian police searching for missing Nora Quoirin are playing loudspeaker recordings of her mother in the hopes of finding her.

The 15-year-old, whose mother is from Belfast and father is French, was reported missing on Sunday morning from a cottage in a nature reserve in the southern Negeria Semblian state.

A member of a rescue team conducts a search and rescue operation for a missing British girl at a forest in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Malaysian police said Wednesday they were analyzing fingerprints found in a forest resort cottage where Nora Anne Quoirin, the British teenager missing in Malaysia, was reported missing and did not rule out a possible criminal element. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
A member of a rescue team conducts a search and rescue operation for a missing British girl at a forest in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Malaysian police said Wednesday they were analyzing fingerprints found in a forest resort cottage where Nora Anne Quoirin, the British teenager missing in Malaysia, was reported missing and did not rule out a possible criminal element. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

She had arrived the Dasun resort on Saturday with her parents and siblings for a two-week holiday.

Nora has special needs and has been described as "very vulnerable".

A police officer stands near a photo of missing British girl Nora Anne Quoirin in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Malaysian police said Wednesday they were analyzing fingerprints found in a forest resort cottage where the British teenager was reported missing and did not rule out a possible criminal element. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
A police officer stands near a photo of missing British girl Nora Anne Quoirin in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Malaysian police said Wednesday they were analyzing fingerprints found in a forest resort cottage where the British teenager was reported missing and did not rule out a possible criminal element. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

As the search for the missing teenager enters its fifth day, police will be using recordings of her mother Meabh, calling out her name as they search the dense jungle around the resort.

According to the Malaysian news agency New Straits Times, the recording states: "Nora darling, I love you. Mum is here."

Police are treating Nora's disappearance as a missing person's case and believe she wandered off from the cottage overnight on Saturday, but are considering the possibility "criminal elements" may be involved.

Her distraught family, however, said this would be completely out of character and believe she may have been abducted.

At a press conference on Thursday, state police chief Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop said the recording of Nora's mother is being played through loudspeakers in an attempt to find the teenager.

“We recorded the mother’s voice this morning and played the recording as if she were at the search site," he said.

“It is part of our efforts to find the victim because we believe she is still within the 6km-radius of the search parameters.”

On Wednesday, police revealed they have questioned 20 people in relation to the teenager's disappearance and have analysed fingerprints found in the cottage.

Investigations are still ongoing to determine who the fingerprints belong to.

A Police K9 unit team conducts a search and rescue operation for a missing British girl at a forest in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Malaysian police said Wednesday they were analyzing fingerprints found in a forest resort cottage where Nora Anne Quoirin, the British teenager, was reported missing and did not rule out a possible criminal element. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
A Police K9 unit team conducts a search and rescue operation for a missing British girl at a forest in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Malaysian police said Wednesday they were analyzing fingerprints found in a forest resort cottage where Nora Anne Quoirin, the British teenager, was reported missing and did not rule out a possible criminal element. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Since she was reported missing on Sunday morning, the search team scouring the area for the teenager has grown to around 250 people, including police, fire and rescue officers, civil defence personnel and divers.

Drones, sniffer dogs and helicopters are also involved in the search operation.

While Nora's parents have been too distraught to speak publicly, her aunts Eadaoin and Aisling Agnew, and her uncle Michael Agnew, who have flown to Malaysia to help look for the teenager, last night spoke of their anguish over her disappearance.

A map shows search and rescue zones for a missing British girl in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Malaysian police said Wednesday they were analyzing fingerprints found in a forest resort cottage where Nora Anne Quoirin, the British teenager missing in Malaysia, was reported missing and did not rule out a possible criminal element. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
A map shows search and rescue zones for a missing British girl in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Malaysian police said Wednesday they were analyzing fingerprints found in a forest resort cottage where Nora Anne Quoirin, the British teenager missing in Malaysia, was reported missing and did not rule out a possible criminal element. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

“Our family is unable to deal with this at the moment,” said Eadaoin.

“But we must remain hopeful and we ask everyone to keep Nora in their thoughts and to continue to support the ongoing search for her.

“Nora is still missing and she is very vulnerable and we need to do everything we can to bring her home.

Nora's family also issued a statement thanking all those who have offered their assistance and support.

“Nora’s family wish to express their deepest gratitude for the Royal Malaysian Police force, the search and rescue teams, and emergency services, for all they have done for us in this difficult time,” it said.

“We would like to thank our embassies, the local community and the staff here at the hotel. And anyone else who has offered help to find Nora. We also welcome the assistance of the French, British and Irish police.

A rescue team member conducts a search and rescue operation for a missing British girl at a forest in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Malaysian police said Wednesday they were analyzing fingerprints found in a forest resort cottage where Nora Anne Quoirin, the British teenager, was reported missing and did not rule out a possible criminal element. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
A rescue team member conducts a search and rescue operation for a missing British girl at a forest in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Malaysian police said Wednesday they were analyzing fingerprints found in a forest resort cottage where Nora Anne Quoirin, the British teenager, was reported missing and did not rule out a possible criminal element. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

“We are completely overwhelmed by the support we have received from all over the world. This is extremely traumatic for the whole family.

“Meabh and Sebastien are devastated and too upset to speak themselves at this time."

Meanwhile, top child protection officer Jim Gamble has urged the National Crime Agency to assist in the case, due to its expertise and resources.

“I’ve been calling publicly from day one — and I’m continuing to call — for the National Crime Agency to be involved,” he said.

“The NCA can bring additional resources, credible experience and, critically, operate in support of the Malaysian police. The Malaysian police are working hard through the missing persons scenario. The other scenarios can best be addressed if they are supported by the NCA."

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