Nora Quoirin: Family ‘heartbroken’ after body found in Malaysia

The family of British teenager Nora Quoirin, whose body has been found in Malaysia, have said their « hearts are broken ».

Nora, who had special needs, was found just over a mile away from the Dusun resort on Tuesday.

The 15-year-old Londoner had been on holiday with her family when she disappeared from her room on 4 August.

In a statement, her family thanked the 350 people who had been hunting for Nora in dense jungle near the resort.

They added: « Nora has brought people together, especially from France, Ireland, Britain and Malaysia, united in their love and support for her and her family.

« She has truly touched the whole world.

« The cruelty of her being taken away is unbearable. Our hearts are broken. »

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Her cause of death has not yet been confirmed and Malaysian police said a post-mortem examination was under way.

Police said the teenager’s parents confirmed the body discovered by a search team was their daughter.

Malaysia’s deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor said Nora, who was of Irish-French descent, was found beside a stream in a « quite hilly » area of plantation, and was « not in any clothing ».

Authorities have been treating her disappearance as a missing persons case, but her family have said they believe she may have been abducted.

Nora was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder which affects brain development, and her family said she was « not independent and does not go anywhere alone ».

On Monday, her parents Meabh and Sebastien, a French-Irish couple who have lived in London for 20 years, put up a 50,000 Malaysian ringgit (£10,000) reward for help to find her.

Nora, her parents and her younger brother and sister arrived at the resort in a nature reserve near Seremban, about 39 miles south of Kuala Lumpur, on 3 August for a two-week stay.

Nora Quoirin disappearance: Timeline

3 August: The Quoirins arrive at the Dusun forest eco-resort

4 August: Nora disappears from her room

5 August: The Lucie Blackman Trust says Malaysian police are treating Nora’s disappearance as a potential abduction, but officers deny any foul play is involved

6 August: Nora’s family say they believe she has been abducted

11 August: Malaysian police set up a hotline dedicated to receiving information about teenager

12 August: A reward of £10,000 – donated by an anonymous Belfast business – is made available for information leading to Nora’s safe return

13 August: A body is found in the search for Nora

Source: The Guardian

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