Body found in Malaysia confirmed as being missing teenager Nora Quoirin

Malaysia UK Missing Schoolgirl

Malaysian police on Tuesday found a body that seems likely to be an Irish teenager who went missing from a jungle resort in the Southeast Asian country 10 days ago, a trust working with the girl's family said.

"We have not confirmed whose body it is", local police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop told reporters.

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.

But he refused to confirm whether Nora had suffered any injuries or if anybody else may have been involved in her death.

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

A group of hikers who were registered as volunteers in the massive search for the 15-year-old found her unclothed body at 1.57pm on Tuesday, at a stream in a ravine just 2km away from The Dusun eco-resort where she and her family had been staying.

The Lucie Blackman Trust (LBT), which has been providing assistance to the Quoirins, said in a statement that it could "confirm with great sadness that the body found today is that of missing teenager Nora Quoirin".

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

Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old London teenager has been missing from a Malaysian rainforest resort since August 4.

A British charity which helps the families of people who go missing or are killed overseas, the Lucie Blackman Trust, has been providing support to the family.

However, how Nora - who was born with the congenital brain defect holoprosencephaly and had severe developmental delays - died was not disclosed by police, pending the outcome of today's autopsy.

Her father Sebastien Marie Philipe is French and her mother Meabh Quoirin is Irish.

"They have experienced every family's worst nightmare".

The schoolgirl's grandfather, Sylvain Quoirin, who is a mayor in France, had previously said it was "unthinkable" Nora would have wandered off alone because of the severity of her learning difficulties.

A body has been found during the search for a British teenager missing for more than a week in Malaysia.


President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, and his wife Sabina offered their "deepest condolences" to Nora's parents, to her siblings and to her extended family.

A tape recording of Nora's mother with the heart-wrenching message: "Nora darling, I love you, Mum is here", was also played over megaphones in the jungle in an attempt to find Nora in case she had got lost.

The National Crime Agency (NCA), the Met Police, Irish and French police have also been providing support to Malaysian authorities.



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