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Vacationing Teen's Dad Checked on Her, Found an Open Window

Nora Quoirin, a London 15-year-old with learning disability, missing from Malaysian resort
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2019 8:21 AM CDT
Nora Quoirin.   (Family handout, via CNN)

(Newser) – Nora Quoirin was enjoying a vacation in Malaysia last week, but now a desperate search effort is on for the London teen whose family says she's "not like other 15-year-olds." Nora, who has a learning disability, was staying with her parents at the remote Dusun resort, located in a nature reserve not far from Kuala Lumpur in the foothills of the Titiwangsa mountain range. CNN reports that Nora's father went into her room at around 8am local time Sunday only to find her gone, with her window open. A statement from the resort notes that staff scoured the property's 12 acres, then teamed up with police to start looking outside the resort's perimeter. Malaysia police say Nora's vanishing is being treated as both a missing-person case and a possible abduction; her family believes the latter.

The BBC notes more than 150 people, including law enforcement, resort workers, and Orang Asli indigenous locals who know the dense jungle well—are now combing the landscape for Nora; a helicopter and detection dogs have also been deployed, the Guardian reports. As of early Tuesday, no sign of her has turned up. Nora's family is not only worried because she's gone, but because her learning disability renders her "not like other 15-year-olds," per a statement cited by the BBC. "She looks younger, she is not capable of taking care of herself, and she won't understand what is going on," the family says, adding that she would never go anywhere alone and that there is "no reason to believe she wandered off and is lost." Meanwhile, a resort rep tells the Guardian nothing like this has ever happened there before. "We have never even been robbed," she says. (Read more missing teen stories.)

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