SEREMBAN: The family of Nora Anne Quoirin, who vanished from The Dusun resort near here on Sunday, has expressed gratitude towards the authorities and members of the public who have mounted a search and rescue (SAR) operation for the 15-year-old Irish girl.
In a statement released last night, the family said it is still saddened by the incident and hopes that everyone will continue to support the ongoing search.
"Thank you to the police and the SAR team for all they have done for us during this difficult time.
“We would also like to thank the (Irish) embassy, local community, (resort) staff and the public for their assistance.
"We are completely overwhelmed by the support we have received from all over the world. This is extremely traumatic for the whole family," it added.
The statement was issued by the Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity corporation which manages media-related affairs for British nationals in crisis overseas. Nora Anne’s mother, Meabh, is from the United Kingdom.
The statement also said that Meabh and Nora Anne’s father, Sebastien Quoirin, are too distraught to directly comment on the case.
"Our family cannot deal with this at the moment. But we must remain hopeful.
"Nora is still missing and we need to do everything to make sure she is safe," it said.
Nora Anne, who has a learning disability, was found missing from her room at the resort on Aug 4, and a report was lodged to the authorities.
A major SAR operation in the area, which enters its fifth day today, has yet to find any trace of the teenager.