Nora Quoirin cops ‘very certain’ naked body found is missing Brit girl, 15, after discovery 2km from hotel in Malaysia

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POLICE have said they are very certain a naked body found in by a jungle waterfall is that of missing Brit girl Nora Quoirin.

The body of a white skinned female was found about a mile away from the resort in Malaysia from where the 15-year-old disappeared nine days ago.

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Nora with mum Meabh[/caption]

Rescuers carry a body into the back of an ambulance
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The officer who’s been leading the hunt, Datuk Mazlan Mansor said: “We have reasonable information to say that must be her. We are very certain it is Nora.”

He added that the body “resembles Nora and she was found completely naked”.

Nora’s parents Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin visited the site where the body was discovered by search teams near a waterfall, said missing persons Lucie Blackman trust.

A spokesman for the missing persons charity, which is handling media enquiries for Nora’s family, said it is “likely” the body found is that of the missing teenager.

The spokesman said Nora’s parents were at the scene and the results of tests carried out by a pathologist will likely be shared in a day.

An official said that a body had been found which “resembles Nora” and added: “The body was winched by helicopter to the hospital.”

Mohamad Mat Yusop, the state police chief, earlier confirmed a body has been found in an inaccessible part of the Betembum mountains.

The white-skinned body was intact and a forensic team and a pathologist were on the scene, which has been sealed off, he added.

Nora’s parents say they discovered her missing from her bedroom at the Dusun eco-resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state on the morning of Sunday August 4 with the window left open.

Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin have always insisted their daughter, who has learning difficulties, wouldn’t have wandered off alone so it’s likely she was abducted.

During the search for her they said in a statement: “Nora’s family believe she has been abducted.

PARENTS AT SCENE

“We are especially worried because Nora has learning and developmental disabilities, and is not like other 15-year-olds.

“She looks younger, she is not capable of taking care of herself, and she won’t understand what is going on.

“She never goes anywhere by herself. We have no reason to believe she wandered off and is lost.”

A volunteer searcher told the MailOnline Nora had told her parents she was “excited” about seeing a waterfall.

The hunt for the youngster had focused on the waterfall in the hours before the body was found there, the searcher said.

Police leading the investigation have refused to rule out a “criminal element” in the teenager’s disappearance.

He added that “nothing has been ruled out” in regards to whether Nora was abducted, or whether she wandered off herself.

Nearly 350 people have been involved in a massive search operation that includes sniffer dogs, elite commando forces and thermal detectors.

Police officers from the UK, Ireland and France also went to Malaysia to help in the search.

Volunteer hikers were among those to have joined the hunt for Nora, who was born with the brain defect.

Shamans were even brought in to pray for her safe return and video footage showed them praying cross legged on the jungle floor.

A body being airlifted by helicopter from the jungle
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Members of the search team at the area where a body believed to be Nora’a was found
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Members of the search team looking in the jungle for Nora
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Forensics teams which are part of the hunt for Nora arrive in the jungle
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An area has been sealed off as officers work to confirm the identity of the body found[/caption]

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Members of the rescue team who have been hunting for Nora[/caption]

Police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop making the announcement that a body has been found
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A temporary operations shelter was set up in the jungle to co-ordinate the search
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The parents of Nora are an Irish-French couple who’ve lived in London for about 20 years.

The teen had only arrived the day earlier with her parents and two siblings at the resort – in a nature reserve near Seremban, 39 miles south of the capital Kuala Lumpur.

It was the start of a two-week “trip of a lifetime” with her mum, dad and two siblings, a family friend said.

Nora’s parents discovered her missing from her room at the Dusun resort last Sunday morning after putting her to bed the night before wearing only her undergarments.

The Dusun is a 12-acre orchard resort next to the Berembun Forest Reserve – 4,000 acres of protected virgin forest rising to 3,900 feet.

‘TRIP OF A LIFETIME’

The forest has wild boar, deer, giant millipedes, monkeys and leeches, according to the resort’s website.

There are two small villages near the resort where the majority of residents work in farming of the local land.

Meabh said that a reward of 50,000 Malaysian ringgit – approximately £10,000 – has been donated by an anonymous Belfast business, “for any information that directly helps us to find Nora”.

Clarence Mitchell, a spokesman for the parents of Madeleine McCann, said there were parallels between Nora’s disappearance and that of the three-year-old in Portugal in 2007.


“My heart goes out to the family if this does indeed turn out to be Nora, as it is looking likely,” he told Good Morning Britain.

“This will now enable police and Nora’s family to get some answers.

“The family faced trauma at the beginning of their holiday when Nora disappeared. There were parallels in that sense with Madeline.”

The desperate search for Nora

August 4: Nora is reported missing after her father discovers she is not in her bedroom at the Dusun Resort at around 8am on Sunday.

The window was also open in the room that Nora had been sharing with her two siblings.

August 5: Missing persons charity The Lucie Blackman Trust says that Malaysian police are treating Nora’s disappearance as a potential abduction, but officers deny there is any foul play involved.

August 6: Nora’s family say they believe her to have been abducted.

“She never goes anywhere by herself. We have no reason to believe she wandered off and is lost.”

August 7: Police say they are analysing unidentified fingerprints an open window and in a downstairs hall  found in the family’s hotel suite.

August 9: Police investigate whether footprints found in the forest where Nora went missing belong to the missing teen. Her family say she wouldn’t have wandered off on her own.

August 10: Nora’s family thank the search teams involved since the teenager’s disappearance.

August 11: Hundreds of rescuers still involved in the search operation a week after she disappeared.

August 12: A visibly emotional Mrs Quoirin makes a further appeal for her daughter to return home.

“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.”

A reward of £10,000 – donated by an anonymous Belfast business – is made available for information leading to Nora’s safe return.

August 13: A body is found in the search for Nora, the Lucie Blackman Trust confirms, saying it “seems likely” it belongs to the school girl.

Nora Quoirin, 15, vanished from her room while on holiday in Malaysia
A picture of Nora plastered on the wall of a local primary school
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Sniffer dogs were brought in to search the jungle for Nora[/caption]

A missing poster for the vanished teen who suffers from learning difficulties
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The Dusun Resort is a 12-acre orchard resort close to the Berembun Forest Reserve in Malaysia
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