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Nora Quoirin: Body found in Malaysia is missing girl

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Image caption Nora Quoirin, 15, went missing from her room on 4 August

A body found in the search for a vulnerable girl who went missing on holiday in Malaysia is Nora Quoirin, police have confirmed.

Nora, who has special needs, disappeared from her room at the Dusun resort on 4 August.

Police said the 15-year-old’s parents have identified a body that was found by rescuers on Tuesday as their daughter.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out on Wednesday.

About 350 people had been searching for Nora in dense jungle near the resort.

BBC correspondent Howard Johnson said the body was found just over a mile (2km) away from the Dusun.

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Image caption Rescuers found Nora’s body near to the Dusun resort

Authorities have been treating Nora’s 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.

While announcing the reward, they described their daughter as being “so precious to us”, adding their “hearts are breaking”.

More than £110,000 has been donated on two crowdfunding sites set up by relatives to cover costs incurred by the family during the 10-day search.

Over £98,000 has been raised on a page set up by Nora’s aunt, while a second created by her uncle which allows people to pay in euros has reached more than €17,500 (£16,000).

Investigators previously said they had not ruled out a “criminal element” in the teenager’s disappearance.

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Media captionBBC correspondent Howard Johnson reports on the discovery of a body in the Malaysian jungle

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.

Her father raised the alarm at 08:00 local time the next day after she was discovered missing from her bedroom.

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

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

Ireland’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister Simon Coveney said the discovery of a body was a “harrowing time” for Nora’s family.

“All of our thoughts and prayers are with the family,” he tweeted.

St Bede’s School in south London, which Nora attended, said it would open at 13:00 BST to allow the community “to join in prayer for Nora and her family… in this heartbreaking and horrific moment”.

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

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