Published On: Tue, Aug 13th, 2019

Nora Quoirin: Body found in search for British teenager who vanished in Malaysian jungle | World | News

State Police chief Mohammed Yusop said: “I can confirm a body has been found in the Betembum mountains. It is not in an accessible place.” Two forensics vans as well as other police vehicles have been seen entering the area, which is now sealed off with police tape. The discovery was made as the search entered its 10th day in the jungle surrounding the eco-resort in Dusun, where the 15-year-old was staying with her family.

A spokesman for the Lucie Blackman Trust, which is handling media enquiries for the Quoirin family, said he was aware of reports that a body had been found and was urgently seeking clarification.

He 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.”

He continued: “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 BBC is reporting the body was found just over a mile from the Dusun resort, has white skin and is female.

Nora was reported missing on August 4 after her father discovered she had gone and a downstairs window was wide open.

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Around 350 people, including voluntary hikers, joined the search in dense jungle and a river with the help of sniffer dogs and shamans.

Nora was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly and has special needs.

Her parents, Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin, a French-Irish couple who have lived in London for 20 years, 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.

Ms Quoirin made an emotional appeal yesterday as a leading to her safe return.

Appearing before cameras,  she 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.”

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

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