Nora Quoirin, 15, Found Dead by a Waterfall: Malaysian Police

Report A Body Was Found During Search For Nora Quoirin Identity Not Yet Determined- WORLD OF BUZZ 1

Report A Body Was Found During Search For Nora Quoirin Identity Not Yet Determined- WORLD OF BUZZ 1

A body found in a forest in Malaysia on Tuesday is suspected to be that of the Irish teenager Nora Quoirin, who disappeared from a resort where she was staying with her family on August 4.

Nora Anne, a special needs child, went missing on August 4 after her family had checked in to the resort a day earlier for a two-week holiday. "She is so precious to us, and our hearts are breaking".

He added that while it remains a missing persons case police are looking into all possibilities including the "angle of criminal investigation".

Mr Searle - whose charity helps families of people who die or go missing overseas - said the area where Nora was found "may have been covered in the early part of the search". She was born with holoprosencephaly, a rare congenital brain malformation.

A post-mortem is being conducted to determine the cause of death.

They said the family had initially suspected a criminal connection to Nora's disappearance as she was very vulnerable and had never left her family voluntarily before.

An worldwide police force comprising officers from France, Ireland and the United Kingdom, as well as local police, have been searching for more than a week, with around 350 people assisting.

Speaking at a press conference held on Tuesday, August 13, deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor told reporters Nora's body was winched by helicopter to a hospital mortuary.

"It may have been they just got lucky", he said of the discovery yesterday. "We believe she may have been abducted and we need your support to help us find Nora".

Matthew Searle, chief executive of the Lucie Blackman Trust, said the discovery "was absolutely devastating for the family who have obviously lived in hope that a better outcome was on it's way". In a statement to the BBC last week, they said there was "no reason to believe she wandered off and is lost".

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

"Our thoughts and prayers are now with Nora's family, at this most hard time". However, it sadly seems likely.

Irish President Michael D Higgins has offered his "deepest condolences" to Nora's family and thanked Malaysian authorities for their search efforts.

Her body was found unclothed by a group of hikers who had joined the tenth day of a widespread search operation across the perilous terrain.

"May she rest in peace".

Nora attended St Bede's Catholic Church in Clapham Park in south London, which has been holding vigils for her since she went missing.

Malaysian officials said the "white skin" body was still intact and a police forensic and pathology team was working on identifying it.

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