Body found in hunt for Franco-Irish teen in Malaysia

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 14, 2019

A body found in Malaysia is believed to be that of 15-year-old Nora Quoirin, who went missing while on holiday with her family.

Her body was found close to a stream near the Lata Berembun waterfall in a mountainous area in the rainforest just 1.6km from the Dusun eco resort. "Investigations are underway to confirm identity and cause of death".

Authorities had begun a criminal investigation into the disappearance, he said, although an initial investigation revealed no evidence of criminal behaviour.

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.

"However it sadly seems likely", said The Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity that helps the families of Britons in crisis overseas.

The incident has drawn worldwide attention and support for the family.

Her parents offered a $17,800 reward (50,000 ringgit) was on offer for anyone with information on Quoirin's whereabouts to come forward, after an anonymous company in Belfast, where her mother is from, donated the funds.

"We have no indication as to how she died", said Mr Searle, who is speaking on behalf of the Quoirin family.

She was on a family holiday and disappeared from a Malaysian eco-resort on August 4.

The Lucie Blackman trust, a charity that helps the families of Britons who are in crisis overseas, said in a statement: "At this time we can not confirm it is Nora". I'd like to pay tribute to everyone who searched for Nora.

Quoirin, whose mother is from Belfast and whose father is French, was traveling on an Irish passport during the trip.

Simon Coveney, Ireland's deputy prime minister and foreign minister, tweeted: "Irish + French embassies in Malaysia working together to provide every assistance to the Quoirin family". Nora's parents made a point of thanking the searchers, saying, "You have given up your time especially at a special festival time".

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

Hundreds of people helped in the search for the missing teen, who disappeared from her hotel room without a trace, save for an open window.

Meabh appeared before cameras Monday looking visibly emotional and said, "Nora is our first child".

Her family said it would be extremely unusual for the reserved youngster to have wandered off on her own. She was born with holoprosencephaly, a rare congenital brain malformation.

The National Crime Agency (NCA), the Met Police, Irish and French police have also been providing support to Malaysian authorities. "She is the truest, most precious girl and we love her infinitely", they said.

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