Body of Missing Teenager Nora Quoirin Found in Malaysia

Body of Missing Teenager Nora Quoirin Found in Malaysia

Local police said that while they await formal identification of the body, which was discovered on Tuesday and winched by helicopter to a hospital, they are "very certain" it is the teenager.

Malaysian rescuers on Tuesday found a body in the dense forest believed to be British teenager Nora Quoirin, who went missing more than a week ago.

After Nora went missing, her family described how she was particularly vulnerable.

The London teenager, who has special needs, disappeared from the jungle resort of Dusun on Sunday August 4.

"The family members have been brought here to identify the body that we recovered earlier and the family has confirmed that the body is Nora Anne", Negeri Sembilan police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop told reporters at the hospital morgue.

While police believe the girl climbed out of the window herself, her family strongly refuted such claims, saying she isn't independent and wouldn't wander off alone.

Quoirin lived with her family in London but carried dual Irish and French citizenship.

On Monday, her family had offered a 50,000 Malaysia Ringgit (€10,600) reward "for information leading to the return of their daughter".

Nora, who was born withholoprosencephaly, a neurological disorder, was on a two-week holiday in an eco-resort with her parents and two younger siblings about an hour south of the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

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She has a condition called "holoprosencephaly", which means she has a smaller-than-normal brain, and has limited verbal communication and can not write more than a few words. Drones and scent dogs were also used along with the recordings of the mom's voice calling out to her lost daughter.

Upwards of $130,000 has been donated on two crowdfunding sites to help the Quoirin family cover the costs of the family's stay incurred during the investigation.

In a statement, France's Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs said French police remain "at the disposal of the Malaysian authorities so that light can be shed on the circumstances of her death". A "criminal element" in the death has not yet been ruled out. She is the truest, most precious girl and we love her infinitely.

And at the weekend, her mother Meabh fought back tears as she made an emotional speech thanking the search team, with the girl's French father Sebastien by her side.

Volunteer hikers and even reportedly a shaman were among those taking part in the search for Nora, who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly.

Malaysian Police have been treating Nora's disappearance as a missing person case.

Police have said they are not discounting foul play.

A liaison officer from An Garda Síochána, officials from Scotland Yard as well as the UK's National Crime Agency, and Interpol were also involved in the search for the schoolgirl.

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