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Malaysian rescuers hunt for missing Irish teenager

Nora's unclothed body was discovered Tuesday in a ravine in dense jungle. Source: The Lucie Blackman Trust/Family

Police say the disappearance of a 15-year-old Irish girl in Malaysia is being treated as a missing person case and not an abduction.

Malaysian police are searching for an Irish teenager who went missing from a rainforest resort while on holiday, officials said on Monday. 

Nora Quoirin, 15, disappeared on Sunday after checking in with her family to the Dusun Resort, about an hour from Kuala Lumpur. 

More than a hundred people from various government agencies have been mobilised, said Che Zakaria Othman, deputy police chief of Negeri Sembilan state.

A K9 Unit officer from the Royal Malaysian Police takes part in the search for 15-year-old Nora Quoirin.
A K9 Unit officer from the Royal Malaysian Police takes part in the search for 15-year-old Nora Quoirin.
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Che Zakaria told AFP it was currently classified as a missing person case, not one of abduction.

The Dusun is a 12-acre (five-hectare) resort in the foothills of a mountain range and next to a forest reserve.

“We’re working with all departments of police and the fire service to locate the teenager,” a police spokesman said.

With additional reporting from Reuters.

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