Family of Missing Nóra Quoirin Release Statement

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The family of missing Nóra Quoirin describe her as “fun, funny, and extremely loving” on what is the sixth day of the search for the 15-year-old in Malaysia.

Police have confirmed that they now are checking phone and email records of staff at the Dusan resort, just over 60km from capital Kuala Lumpur, where was last seen at the weekend.

Nóra, whose parents are Irish, her mum Meabh and her French dad Sebastien, has special needs and is not likely to have wandered off alone according to them.

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Her family maintain that she has been abducted but Malaysian police are still treating it as a missing persons case. In a statement to RTÉ, Nóra’s family described her challenges.

“Nóra was born with Holoprosencephaly; this means that she has a smaller brain. All her life she has spent a lot of time in hospital,” the statement explained.

“When she was born, she needed operations to help her breathing. She has specialists that monitor her growth, her physical abilities and her strength, and especially her mental capacity. Nóra has always needed dedicated specialist educational provision, and now attends a school for children and young people with learning and communication difficulties.”

Nóra is a very special person. She is fun, funny, and extremely loving. With her family, she is very affectionate – family is her whole world and she loves to play games, like Cat Bingo, with us.

“She likes to tell us silly jokes and wear clever, colourful t-shirts. She is not like other teenagers. She is not independent and does not go anywhere alone.

Nóra is bi-lingial and has travelled throughout Europe and Asia before with her family, the statement said, however, she is rarely away from her family.

“Nóra is very sensitive. Outside the family, Nóra is very shy and can be quite anxious,” the family said.

“The family would again like to take this opportunity to express their sincere thanks to the Royal Malaysian Police, and all those searching for Nóra. Some of these people have been working all day, every day and the family cannot express their gratitude enough”.