Malaysian rescuers may have found body of British teen Nora Quoirin

Malaysia UK Missing Schoolgirl

A body has been found in the search for missing teenager Nora Quoirin in Malaysia, according to a charity that has been assisting the girl's family.

She disappeared from her room at the Dusun resort the next morning at 8 a.m. and her naked body was found in a stream almost 2 miles from the hotel.

After meeting the girl's parents, family lawyer Sankara N. Nair said they hoped "the authorities will investigate the death of their loving daughter thoroughly and explore all angles that caused her death".

Malaysia's deputy police chief Mazalan Mansour confirmed that a criminal investigation was still on-going, alongside a missing person's inquiry.

The 15-year-old Londoner with learning disabilities went missing on August 4 during a family vacation to the Dusun eco-resort in Seremban.

They said the family had initially suspected a criminal connection to Nora's disappearance as she was very vulnerable and had never left her family voluntarily before.

Tuesday's discovery came the day after Nora's mother, Meabh Quoirin, made an emotional appeal for help - and an anonymous Belfast-based business offered a reward of nearly $12,000. Mrs Quoirin, 45, held back tears during a statement in which she said the family's "hearts are breaking" without her.

It added that an investigation was underway to confirm whether the body is the 15-year-old, who disappeared from a remote resort in Malaysia more than a week ago while on holiday with her family.

The Lucie Blackman Trust, which was set up in the wake of the murder of a British hostess in Japan in 2000, said: "At this time we can not confirm it is Nora".

Search teams were assisted by local Orang Asli people, who have knowledge of the jungle terrain, while two shamans also joined the operation.

The daughter of Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin, a French-Irish couple who have lived in London for 20 years, the search for Nora received widespread support from across the world, with Nora's aunt and uncle raising more than £100,000 online to help in the search.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tweeted: "Our thoughts and honest condolences are with Nora Quoirin's parents, siblings and wider family at this unimaginably hard time". "Please be patient. We will let you know as soon as it's confirmed", an officer told The Mirror.

"Nora is at the heart of our family".

Her body was airlifted to a hospital for identification and an autopsy following her discovery later on Tuesday (local time).

President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, and his wife Sabina were among those to offer their "deepest condolences" to Nora's parents and her family. Police from Ireland, France and the United Kingdom are also on site to assist in the investigation.

The search involved more than 300 personnel including from the National Crime Agency (NCA), the Metropolitan Police and the Malaysian police.



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