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Body found confirmed as missing Nora Quoirin who vanished on family holiday

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A body found in the desperate search for a missing 15-year-old in Malaysia has been confirmed as Nora Quoirin.

The schoolgirl, who has special needs, disappeared on August 4 from an eco-resort in Dusun where she was staying with her parents and two siblings.

Earlier today a body was found by a member of the search and rescue team as the hunt entered its tenth day in the jungle.

Negri Sembilan police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop confirmed the body found is that of the missing teenager.

A post-mortem will be carried out tomorrow morning by a senior pathologist from Kuala Lumpur.

The body was earlier transported to hospital by helicopter, where Nora’s parents Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin headed to identify it, a press conference heard.



Nora Quoirin,15, vanished in Malaysia while on a family holiday



The search team near the area where the body was discovered

A statement from the Lucie Blackman Trust says: “The Lucie Blackman Trust can confirm with great sadness that the body found today is that of missing teenager Nora Quoirin.

“Local police have confirmed identification.

“The charity will update as soon as possible. Please respect the family and do not approach them at this difficult time.

“All at The Lucie Blackman Trust are thinking of the family and continue to support them as they come to terms with this news.”



Nora was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly



Police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop

Malaysia’s deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor earlier told a press conference: “The body resembles Nora but it is yet to be confirmed by the family.

“The body was moved by helicopter to hospital.  

“We have informed the family of the news. They are now going to the mortuary to identify the body.”

The police chief later added: “We are quite, very, certain but are waiting for the family to visit the hospital.”

Mr Mansor told reporters the body had been found beside a small stream about 2.5 kilometres from the resort.

He said the body “was not in any clothings”.

Police have refused to rule out ‘foul play’.



Members of the search and rescue team entering the Dusun Resort

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Malaysian police confirmed on Tuesday that rescuers had found the body of a Caucasian female in the forest surrounding the nature resort where Nora was reported missing.

A man phoned the police hotline to say he had found the body. The discovery was made by a waterfall.

The Lucie Blackman Trust, which is handling media for the Quoirin family, confirmed that a body had been found in the search for the teenager.

“At this time we cannot confirm it is Nora,” the charity said in a statement earlier.

“However, it sadly seems likely.

“Investigations are underway to confirm identity and cause of death.”



Kenny Chan, the leader of the search and rescue group of hikers who found the body



Deputy Police Commissioner Mazlan Mansor held a press conference

Hours before the body was found volunteer searcher Shirley Yap told how she was going to look around a waterfall. 

She said: “We had heard she was excited about seeing a waterfall when she arrived in the resort.

“We are going to look around that area and follow the stream down the mountain.”



A body brought out of a helicopter in Seremban, Malaysia



Nora’s parents Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin speak to officers

Simon Coveney, Ireland’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, today tweeted: “Irish + French embassies in Malaysia working together to provide every assistance to the Quoirin family.

“Irish embassy is in touch with Malaysian authorities on today’s discovery of a body.

“At this harrowing time all of our thoughts + prayers are with the family.”

The teenager’s parents, Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin, a French-Irish couple who have lived in London for 20 years, thanked those looking for her as fundraising pages set up by Nora’s aunt and uncle collected more than £100,000 from well-wishers.



Meabh Quoirin and Nora Quoirin

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Hunt for missing Nora

Nora’s family had said they believe the teen, who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly, was abducted from their cottage at the resort they were staying at, about an hour south of Kuala Lumpur.

But Malaysian officials have said there was “no proof” she was kidnapped, though they were not ruling out any possibilities.

Appearing before cameras on Monday, a visibly emotional Ms Quoirin said: “Nora is our first child.

“She has been vulnerable since the day she was born.

“She is so precious to us and our hearts are breaking.”

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