NILAI: Nora Anne Quoirin’s family have offered a reward of £10, 000 (RM50, 000) for information leading to the return of their daughter.
“Nora is our first child. She has been vulnerable since the day she was born. She is so precious to us and our hearts are breaking.
“We are appealing to anyone who has information about Nora to help us find her, ” the family said in a statement yesterday.
They also commended Malaysian authorities for their relentless effort in the search.
“In order to help their investigation, we have decided to offer a reward of RM50, 000, which has been donated by an anonymous Belfast-based business, for any information that directly helps us to find Nora, ” said the family.
They added that information could also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, Malaysian authorities deployed 348 personnel in the search, the largest group mobilised so far as the operation entered into the ninth day, according to District police chief Supt Mohd Nor Marzukee Besar.
He said the effort involved the General Operations Force’s 4th Battalion, Semenyih, the 3rd Battalion Senoi Praaq Unit, the Fire and Rescue Department, the Civil Defence, Rela, the Sarawak Forest Department, as well as Sapura and local residents.
“The operation is concentrating on Mount Berembun, ” he said in a statement here yesterday.
In the morning, cloudy weather along with intermittent rain and fog continued to pose a challenge for the team.
For the first time, media personnel were allowed to join the search yesterday.
Supt Mohd Nor Marzukee extended the invitation to the media via WhatsApp.
“Greetings... media who want to cover Op SAR can wait at the foothill of Gunung Berembun, ” he said in his brief message.
Before this, reporters and photographers were only allowed to wait at a tent near the entrance of the resort where the girl had gone missing, as well as at the Pantai police station in Seremban.
Nora Anne, who has a learning disability, had arrived at The Dusun Resort in Pantai on Aug 3 with her parents.
They had travelled here from London for a two-week vacation.
The teenager was discovered missing from her room at 8am the next day and a report was lodged.
Her case has drawn international attention and there is a large presence of foreign media covering the operation. — Bernama