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Nora Quoirin: Body found in Malaysian jungle is missing teenager, police confirm

  • Body found by a volunteer was not clothed
  • Nora's parents have identified her body

By Eimear McGovern

Nora Quoirin's parents have identified her body after it was found near a waterfall in the Malaysian jungle, Malaysian police have confirmed.

The body of the teenager was discovered by a volunteer hiker during a ten-day search of the area surrounding the eco-resort where she went missing while on holiday with her family.

It was around a mile away from the villa where they were staying.

It was reported that Nora was excited to visit a waterfall when she arrived at the resort.

State police chief said officials were in the process of determining whether the body is Nora Anne Quoirin, who was discovered missing by her family from the Dusun eco-resort in the southern state on Aug. 4. (AP Photo)
State police chief said officials were in the process of determining whether the body is Nora Anne Quoirin, who was discovered missing by her family from the Dusun eco-resort in the southern state on Aug. 4. (AP Photo)

The Lucie Blackman Trust, who had been assisting Nora's family with their search, said: "[We] can confirm with great sadness that the body found today is that of missing teenager Nora Quoirin. Local police have confirmed identification.

"All at the Lucie Blackman Trust are thinking of the family and continue to support them as they come to terms with this news."

Police said in a press conference the body found at 1.57pm local time was not clothed and was found in or near a stream.

"The area is quite hilly and is kilometers away from the resort," said Malaysia's Deputy Inspector General of Police Mazn Mazlan.

The body was taken by helicopter to hospital.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said: "We all hoped and prayed this would not be the case. As a mother I can never begin to imagine the grief that Nora’s family are now suffering. My deepest sympathy to them during such a devastating time."

Sinn Fein vice president Michelle O'Neill said: “News that Nora’s body has been found is heart-breaking confirmation of her family’s worst fears.

“It is a devastating tragedy for Nora’s family and friends and our thoughts are with her loved ones and all those who helped in the search operation over the past nine days.”

Forensic teams were seen leaving from Pantai police station to race to the scene, which has been sealed off. Nora's parents were brought to the area.

Meabh Quoirin helped in the search for her daughter (The Royal Malaysia Police/AP)
Meabh Quoirin helped in the search for her daughter (The Royal Malaysia Police/AP)

The Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said the Irish embassy is working with Malaysian authorities on the discovery of a body on Tuesday.

It comes after the parents of the missing teen offered a £10,000 reward for information that could lead to her safe return. The money had been donated by an anonymous Belfast-based business.

Nora, who had special needs, was discovered by her family missing from the Malaysian jungle nature reserve 39 miles from Kuala Lumpur in the early hours of August 4. It later emerged she was barefoot at the time of her disappearance.

Her mother, Meabh, who is from Belfast, had made a series of emotional pleas for help in finding her daughter.

Some 300 Malaysian searchers aided by drones and sniffer dogs scoured the forest area near the resort, playing recordings of Nora's mother calling out to her.

Two shaman, or medicine men, joined the search on Monday. Sitting cross-legged on the forest floor, they covered their eyes, cried out and prayed.

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