Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

'Our Hearts Are Breaking': Parents Of Missing Teen Issue Harrowing Public Plea

'Our Hearts Are Breaking': Parents Of Missing Teen Issue Harrowing Public Plea

A Malaysian shaman joined police from Ireland, France and the United Kingdom on Monday in the search for a 15 -year-old London girl who mysteriously vanished from a nature resort eight days ago, as her parents offered a cash reward and appealed for information.

More than 300 people have been searching for the 15-year-old who vanished during a holiday to Malaysia.

The money was donated to the search by an anonymous company in Belfast - Nora's mother Meabh's home city.

The 50,000 ringgit ($11,953) reward announced on Monday was donated by an anonymous Belfast-based business, according to a statement issued through the Lucie Blackman Trust, which is working with the family.

The Associated Press reported that a Malaysian shaman has joined in the search, adding that police released a video showing a shaman with a white skullcap performing rituals in the forest.

They are treating her as a missing person but do not rule out a possible criminal element in her disappearance.

She and her family, who arrived in Malaysia from London on Aug 3 for a two-week holiday, checked into eco-resort The Dusun in the dense tropical forest in Negeri Sembilan. "She is so precious to us and our hearts are breaking", the mother said in a recorded statement.

Praising the efforts of police carrying out the search, they said they had chose to offer the reward "to help their investigation". The search effort has slowly been expanding as the days Nora has been missing slowly turn into weeks.

Thanking locals for their help in search efforts, Ms Quoirin said: "You have given up your time especially at a special festival time", referring to Hari Raya Haji, the Islamic "festival of sacrifice" celebrations.

"We see you working so hard and also praying with us and being with us".

They have held grave concerns for her safety since, as Nora has special needs and has never been anywhere alone.

Police in Malaysia have set up a hotline in the hope of getting some new information regarding her disappearance.

"We want to say thank you to each and every one of you".

Gardaí and members of the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Metropolitan Police are supporting the Malaysian police with the case.

British, Irish and French police are in Malaysia to assist with the search, said state deputy police chief Che Zakaria Othman, declining to comment on their role in the investigation.

An open window was found in the cottage where the family was staying at the resort.

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