Body found in search for missing Nora Quoirin in Malaysia

A body has been found in the search for British teenager Nora Quoirin who went missing while on holiday in Malaysia on 4 August.

The body is ‘likely’ to be that of the schoolgirl, 15, the Lucie Blackman Trust has said.
In a statement the trust, which is handling media for the Quoirin family, said: ‘The Lucie Blackman Trust can confirm a body has been found in the search for Nora Quoirin. ‘At this time we cannot confirm it is Nora.
However it sadly seems likely. ‘Investigations are under way to confirm identity and cause of death.
‘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.’ The area in which the body was found has been sealed off with police tape.
It is less than a kilometre from where Nora was last seen at the eco-resort her family were staying in.

        Nora, 15, went missing on August 4 after checking in with her family to the Malaysian Dusun Resort in Seremban, 
        about an hour from the capital Kuala Lumpur (Picture: Getty)

Two forensics vans as well as other police vehicles were seen entering the area shortly before Nora’s parents Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin were seen being driven through the cordon, the Mirror reports.

State police chief Mohammed Yusop told MailOnline: ‘I can confirm a body has been found in the Betembum mountains.

It is not in an accessible place’ He added that forensic examination was needed to determine if the body was male or female.

The body was said to have been found by a member of the public on the tenth day of an intensive search of the jungle in Seremban, Malaysia.

Nora, who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly and has special needs, disappeared from the resort of Dusun after checking in with her family on Sunday, 4 August. Yesterday, Nora’s mother made a heartfelt appeal to find her daughter, 15, as a £10,000 reward was offered for information leading to her safe return.

Meabh, 45, said the family’s ‘hearts are breaking’ as more than 300 search-and-rescue personnel continued to look for the London schoolgirl.

She and husband Sebastien, 47, thanked those looking for her as fundraising pages set up by the teenager’s aunt and uncle collected more than £100,000 from well-wishers.

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. We are appealing to anyone who has information about Nora to help us find her.’

The National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Metropolitan Police are supporting the Malaysian police with the case.

A spokeswoman for the NCA said: ‘The National Crime Agency, the Met Police and the Irish police are working together to help and support the Malaysian authorities relating to Nora Quoirin’s disappearance.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lucie Blackman Trust intelligence on or +44 800 098 8485.


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