The family of missing teenager Nora Quoirin are offering a £10,000 reward for information that helps find her.
Nora, who is from London and has special needs, went missing in a Malaysian jungle resort more than a week ago.
Police deployed 348 personnel to search for the 15-year-old on Monday morning – the largest team so far, the Malay Mail reported, while hikers are also taking part.
The search is concentrating on the mountain of Gunung Berembun, the paper added, quoting local police.
Officers leading the investigation into Nora’s disappearance have not ruled out the involvement of a “criminal element”.
In a statement, her family said she “is so precious to us and our hearts are breaking”.
They added: “In order to help (the police) investigation, we have decided to offer a reward: 50,000 ringgit (Malaysian currency) has been donated by an anonymous Belfast-based business for any information that directly helps us to find Nora.
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“Nora is our first child. She has been vulnerable since the day she was born.”
Image: Members of a rescue team taking part in the search for Nora on Monday
A dedicated hotline, on 0111 228 5058, has been set up to receive information about Nora’s whereabouts.
Anyone with such information is asked to call the hotline or, if they are outside Malaysia, to contact the Lucie Blackman Trust intelligence on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 800 098 8485.
More than £100,000 has been raised for the family.
Nora’s aunt, Aisling Agnew, set up an online fundraising page which has reached more than £90,000.
It said Nora’s family were “distraught” following her disappearance, adding that the teenager’s “developmental disabilities make her especially vulnerable”.
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Nora’s uncle Pacome has set up a separate campaign, which has raised about £13,000.
The teenager’s parents Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin, a French-Irish couple who have lived in London for 20 years, thanked those searching for their daughter, who went missing on 4 August.
“We want to say thank you to each and every one of you,” Ms Quoirin said. “We know you’re searching night and day for Nora. We see you working so hard and also praying with us and being with us.”
Image: Nora with her mother Meabh Quoirin
Malaysian police are being aided by the the National Crime Agency and Scotland Yard.
“The National Crime Agency, the Met Police and the Irish police are working together to help and support the Malaysian authorities relating to Nora Quoirin’s disappearance,” an NCA spokeswoman said.
Source : Sky News