Police investigating the disappearance of an Irish teenager in Malaysia have said there is no indication of foul play.

Search and rescue teams have been looking for 15-year-old Nóra Quoirin at The Dusun Resort and its surroundings since yesterday.

Nóra, who has special needs, is the daughter of an Irish-French couple who have lived in London for around 20 years.

She went missing while on a holiday with her family at The Dusun Resort in a nature reserve near Seremban, 39 miles south of the capital Kuala Lumpur.

The alarm was raised by her father yesterday morning when she was not in her bedroom and the window was left open.

Speaking to reporters today, the Deputy Police Chief of Sembilan State said: "So far, there's been no indication on that, no indication that there's been foul play. However, police will do a thorough investigation."

He said: "We will continue our search and rescue mission until we find the missing person. In God's will, hopefully we will find her as soon as possible."

Police said that there was no CCTV at the chalet that the teenager was staying in and that only the resort's reception was monitored.

Speaking from Belfast, Nóra's aunt Aisling Agnew said: "Nora's parents and relatives in Ireland and France are distraught by her disappearance.

"Nóra is a child with special needs and has learning and developmental disabilities which make her especially vulnerable and we fear for her safety.

"Nóra would not know how to get help and would never leave her family voluntarily.

"We are appealing to everyone to assist the local police in any way they can and to pass on any information that would help locate our beloved Nóra without delay."

The family said they believe that Nóra may have been abducted.

But the police said they are treating it as a missing person case.

Nóra, whose mother Meabh is originally from Belfast and whose father is French, is understood to have been travelling on an Irish passport.

The chief executive of the Lucie Blackman Trust, Matthew Searle, which is supporting the family, said: "This is a very vulnerable young girl missing in a remote location.

"She has been missing for over 24 hours now and it is imperative that every resource available is deployed to search for her."

Around 160 people are taking part in the search, including police, civil defence and forestry workers.

A group of indigenous people are also leading the search for Nóra in a nearby rain-forest.

Family friend Catherine Cook said: "It's out of character for Nóra to go wandering off."

She added: "I'm a mother and I burst into tears just hearing this story. I cannot imagine the hell that they are living right now. I just ask for anyone who can help them to do so as soon as possible.

"To my knowledge the French government and the Irish Government are helping them and it would be great if other agencies or governments worldwide could support them."

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said: "We are aware of the case and [are] providing consular assistance."

Additional reporting: PA

A poster from The Lucie Blackman Trust that is being distributed locally