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A heartbreaking voice recording of missing Irish teenager Nóra Quoirin's mum was used by police in the Malaysian jungle yesterday, as day five of the search took place.

The recording was played on loudspeakers near the Dusun resort in Negeri Sembilan where Nóra went missing. Her Belfast-born mum, Meabh, said;

“Nóra darling, I love you. Mum is here.” The Irish Times reports that voices of other relatives have been recorded for use in the case as well.

Search-and-rescue teams, Indigenous trackers and members of special forces remain hopeful in their efforts to find the missing 15-year-old, who has learning and developmental disabilities.

The family have spoken out after police leading the investigation wouldn't rule out a "criminal element" in the search for Nóra.

The 15-year-old came to the resort on Saturday for a two-week holiday with her mum, her French father Sebastien and her younger siblings. The resort is roughly 63km from Kuala Lampur.

The family are based in London, but the teen apparently has an Irish passport. Her dad raised the alarm on Sunday at 8am after Nóra was not found in her room, and the family believe she was abducted.

Meabh and Sebastien insist that their daughter would never have wandered off on her own in the middle of the night.

The police force analysed fingerprints found in a resort cottage from which Nóra was reported missing, with deputy police chief Che Zakaria Othman saying investigations were ongoing to identify the prints which were at an open living room window, rather than the bedroom where she was sleeping.

Police stated they were “not ruling out any possibility” and that they believed Nóra was still in the local area. While initial reports commented that Nóra’s bedroom window was opened, the police have denied this.

Divers have been searching the river which runs through the forest, and helicopters have been deployed. Indigenous Orang Asli people are also aiding the search, and trackers from the Senoi Praaq special unit.

Her family said in a statement: “We must remain hopeful. Nóra is still missing, and she is very vulnerable, and we need to do everything we can to bring her home.”

Her relatives have expressed thanks to the Royal Malaysian Police, the search-and-rescue teams, and the emergency services “for all they have done for us in this difficult time”.

They are “completely overwhelmed” by the support they have received worldwide and are appreciative of the assistance of French, British and Irish police.

There is no evidence of foul play, but police are ruling nothing out. Sniffer dogs haven't picked up a trace of the missing teen, and about 250 search-and-rescue personnel have taken part in the search.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Star newspaper in Malaysia assessed that the total number of people reported missing in the Malaysian jungle this year has been noticeably higher than the past three years.

Fire-and-rescue department operations director Abdul Wahab Mat Yasin said that since January, there were 252 cases of people reported lost.

In the past, the Malaysian authorities have been criticised for inaction on numerous cases, such as that of Malaysian-born Australian citizen Annapuranee Jenkins in 2017. She has never been found.

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Gardaí in Navan are investigating an alleged suspicious approach by a motorist to two children yesterday.

The incident took place around 4.25pm at Possextown near Nobber in Co Meath.

An aunt of the children posted to Facebook, warning other parent of the incident.

She wrote, ''Some old guy with longer, white beard and in a blueish vintage car,” had stopped his car, then opened the door of it and “tried to abduct my niece and nephew walking to my house from theirs. They started running away so he drove off.”

A spokesperson for the Gardaí confirmed that, ''Gardaí in Navan are investigating a report of an alleged suspicious approach on the 10/04/19 at approximately 5pm in Possextown, Nobbeer.''

They continued, ''A male described as being in his 50s is reported to have stopped and gestured two children to get in a car. No injuries and car reportedly drove off."

This incident comes just days after another alleged abduction in Co Kerry.

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A 24-year-old backpacker has made headlines this week after managing to initiate her own rescue following her abduction in Australia.

The female tourist, originally from Belgium, was abducted in Murraylands and subjected to a terrifying ordeal before managing to make contact with an acquaintance over 3,000 km away in Queensland.

According to Cosmopolitan, the young woman, who had her phone confiscated by her assailant, was driven to a remote farm house in the Adelaide town of Meningie before enduring multiple rapes at the hands of her abductor.

Thankfully, the 24-year-old managed to raise the alarm after secretly retrieving her laptop from her belongings and drafting a frantic message to the owner of the farm on which her friend was working.

The tourist, who has limited English, wrote: "I've been kidnapped, they've taken me out into the country two hours from Murray Bridge."

Offering further details into the message he received from the terrified tourist, farm owner, Chris Newman, said: "[It] described going over two ferries, [then it said] they've taken my phone, I've got my laptop out of my backpack and I've sent a message', or something like that."

In a courageous move, the young woman revealed the terrifying reality of her situation, adding: "I don't want to run away because he said he'll shoot me."

Following the tourist's desperate call for help, police in Adelaide launched a search before eventually locating the kidnapper's house.

According to reports, the victim's 52-year-old attacker has since been charged with three counts of rape and one count of unlawful detention.

Commenting on the crime, South Australia Premier, Jay Weatherill, said: "I hope this matter can be quickly investigated and the appropriate steps to bring the person to justice are taken."

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