Body found in Malaysia confirmed to be that of missing Brit Nora Quoirin, 15

A body found in Malaysia has been confirmed to be that of missing teenager Nora Quoirin.

The 15-year-old's body was identified on Tuesday, hours after it was discovered following a large-scale search operation.

The London teenager, who has special needs, disappeared from the jungle resort of Dusun on Sunday August 4, where she had been on holiday with her family.

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Family members of missing British girl Nora Anne Quoirin arrive at a hospital morgue in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Malaysian police say the family of a missing 15-year-old London girl has positively identified a body found near the nature resort where she disappeared over a week ago. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
Family members of missing British girl Nora Anne Quoirin arrive at a hospital morgue in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Malaysian police say the family of a missing 15-year-old London girl has positively identified a body found near the nature resort where she disappeared over a week ago. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
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Journalists gather outside a hospital morgue in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. Malaysian police said Tuesday the family of missing 15-year-old London girl Nora Anne Quoirin has positively identified a naked body found near the nature resort where she disappeared over a week ago. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
A body believed to be 15-year-old Irish girl Nora Anne Quoirin who went missing is brought out of a helicopter in Seremban, Malaysia, August 13, 2019. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Handout file photo supplied by the Lucie Blackman Trust on behalf of the family of Nora Quoirin. A body found in Malaysia is "likely" to be that of missing 15-year-old Nora Quoirin, who disappeared from the Malaysian jungle resort of Dusun on Sunday August 4, the Lucie Blackman Trust said.
A Malaysian diver takes part in a search and rescue operation for the missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish, Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 7, 2019. - A helicopter and dozens of people were deployed August 7 on the third day of a search for a vulnerable London teenager who went missing from a Malaysian rainforest resort, police said. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of Malaysian K-9 unit prepare to take part in a search and rescue operation for the missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish, Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 7, 2019. - A helicopter and dozens of people were deployed August 7 on the third day of a search for a vulnerable London teenager who went missing from a Malaysian rainforest resort, police said. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Shamans, known in Malaysia as bomoh, go into trances during a search effort to locate missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 12, 2019. - Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old with learning difficulties, disappeared on August 4, a day after checking into a Malaysian resort with her London-based family. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of a rescue team walk to Mount Berembun as they take part in a search effort to locate missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 12, 2019. - Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old with learning difficulties, disappeared on August 4, a day after checking into a Malaysian resort with her London-based family. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Shamans (L and C), known in Malaysia as bomoh, go into trances during a search effort to locate missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 12, 2019. - Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old with learning difficulties, disappeared on August 4, a day after checking into a Malaysian resort with her London-based family. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Shamans, known in Malaysia as bomoh, take part in a search effort to locate missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 12, 2019. - Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old with learning difficulties, disappeared on August 4, a day after checking into a Malaysian resort with her London-based family. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of a rescue team take part in a search effort to locate missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin on Mount Berembun, Seremban on August 12, 2019. - Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old with learning difficulties, disappeared on August 4, a day after checking into a Malaysian resort with her London-based family. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Shamans, known in Malaysia as bomoh, look at a map during a search effort to locate missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin on Mount Berembun, Seremban on August 12, 2019. - Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old with learning difficulties, disappeared on August 4, a day after checking into a Malaysian resort with her London-based family. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Shamans, known in Malaysia as bomoh, pray during a search effort to locate missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin on Mount Berembun, Seremban on August 12, 2019. - Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old with learning difficulties, disappeared on August 4, a day after checking into a Malaysian resort with her London-based family. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of a rescue team take part in an ongoing search effort to locate missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin on Mount Berembun, Seremban on August 12, 2019. - Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old with learning difficulties, disappeared on August 4, a day after checking into a Malaysian resort with her London-based family. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Royal Malaysian Police chief of Negeri Sembilan, Mohammad Mat Yusop (C) displays a hotline phone number during a press conference as rescue team continue to search for the missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 11, 2019. - Quoirin, who lives in London, went missing on August 4 after checking in with her family to the Dusun Resort in Seremban, about an hour from the capital Kuala Lumpur. The family believe she was abducted, but police have classified it as a missing person case. (Photo by Fuad Nizam / AFP) (Photo credit should read FUAD NIZAM/AFP/Getty Images)
A Royal Malaysian Police helicopter flies over as rescue team continue to search for the missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 11, 2019. - Quoirin, who lives in London, went missing on August 4 after checking in with her family to the Dusun Resort in Seremban, about an hour from the capital Kuala Lumpur. The family believe she was abducted, but police have classified it as a missing person case. (Photo by Fuad Nizam / AFP) (Photo credit should read FUAD NIZAM/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of a rescue team continue to search for the missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 11, 2019. - Quoirin, who lives in London, went missing on August 4 after checking in with her family to the Dusun Resort in Seremban, about an hour from the capital Kuala Lumpur. The family believe she was abducted, but police have classified it as a missing person case. (Photo by Fuad NIZAM / AFP) (Photo credit should read FUAD NIZAM/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of a rescue team stand with a sniffer dog during search efforts to locate missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 10, 2019. - Quoirin, who lives in London, went missing on August 4 after checking in with her family to the Dusun Resort in Seremban, about an hour from the capital Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of a rescue team take part in search efforts to locate missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 10, 2019. - Quoirin, who lives in London, went missing on August 4 after checking in with her family to the Dusun Resort in Seremban, about an hour from the capital Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A member of a rescue team continues to search for the missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 9, 2019. - Quoirin, who lives in London, went missing on August 4 after checking in with her family to the Dusun Resort in Seremban, about an hour from the capital Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A member of a rescue team leads a sniffer dog during search efforts to locate missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 10, 2019. - Quoirin, who lives in London, went missing on August 4 after checking in with her family to the Dusun Resort in Seremban, about an hour from the capital Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A policeman holds a map as search efforts continue to locate missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 10, 2019. - Quoirin, who lives in London, went missing on August 4 after checking in with her family to the Dusun Resort in Seremban, about an hour from the capital Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Royal Malaysian Police posts a leaflet bearing a portrait of the missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish girl Nora Quoirin at a bus stop during a search and rescue operation in Seremban on August 9, 2019. - Malaysian officials played recordings of a Franco-Irish teen's mother over megaphones on August 9 the sixth day of a desperate hunt for the schoolgirl who disappeared from a rainforest resort, police said. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Royal Malaysian Police officer hands a leaflet to a motorist bearing a portrait of the missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish girl Nora Quoirin during a search and rescue operation in Seremban on August 9, 2019. - Malaysian officials played recordings of a Franco-Irish teen's mother over megaphones on August 9 the sixth day of a desperate hunt for the schoolgirl who disappeared from a rainforest resort, police said. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A member of Malaysian rescue team plays a voice recording of Nora Quoirin's mother during a search and rescue operation in a forest for the missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish girl Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 9, 2019. - Malaysian officials played recordings of a Franco-Irish teen's mother over megaphones on August 9 the sixth day of a desperate hunt for the schoolgirl who disappeared from a rainforest resort, police said. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A poster showing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin is displayed outside a school in Seremban on August 8, 2019, as a search and rescue operation continues for the missing teenager. - Quoirin, who lives in London, went missing on August 4 after checking in with her family to the Malaysian Dusun Resort in Seremban, about an hour from the capital Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Royal Malaysian Police officer points to a map showing the search and rescue operation area for the missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 8, 2019. - Quoirin, who lives in London, went missing on August 4 after checking in with her family to the Malaysian Dusun Resort in Seremban, about an hour from the capital Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of Malaysian rescue team prepare for a search and rescue operation for the missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish girl Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 8, 2019. - Quoirin, who lives in London, went missing on August 4 after checking in with her family to the Malaysian Dusun Resort in Seremban, about an hour from the capital Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Malaysian diver takes part in a search and rescue operation for the missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish, Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 7, 2019. - A helicopter and dozens of people were deployed August 7 on the third day of a search for a vulnerable London teenager who went missing from a Malaysian rainforest resort, police said. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Lucie Blackman Trust, which is handling media for the Quoirin family, confirmed "with great sadness that the body found today is that of missing teenager Nora Quoirin. Local police have confirmed identification."

The trust added that the teenager's family would not immediately be making any statement, and asked that their privacy be respected "at this awful time".

A post-mortem examination is due to take place on Wednesday morning (local time) to determine the cause of Nora's death, police said.

Earlier national deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor told reporters at a press conference the body had been found beside a small stream about 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles) from the resort, by volunteers who were helping the search team.

He said the remains had been winched by helicopter to a hospital mortuary, where her family were due to identify her.

He added that the body "was not in any clothings" and said while it remained a missing persons case police were looking into all possibilities including the "angle of criminal investigation".

The force earlier confirmed that rescuers had found the body of a Caucasian female in the forest surrounding the nature resort.

Malaysian publication The Star reported that DCP Mohamad Mat said the search and rescue team received a call from a member of the public at around 1pm, and a team was sent to the area near a waterfall.

The newspaper said human remains had been found near Gunung Berembun in the Pantai Hills.

'Our thoughts and prayers are with the family'

Following the news the Lucie Blackman Trust, which is handling media for the Quoirin family, said: "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."

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. Irish embassy is in touch with Malaysian authorities on today's discovery of a body. At this harrowing time all of our thoughts + prayers are with the family."

Nora's mother made a heartfelt appeal on Monday to find her as a £10,000 reward – donated by an anonymous Belfast business – was offered for information leading to her safe return.

The teenager's 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 Nora's aunt and uncle collected more than £100,000 from well-wishers.

Volunteer hikers and even reportedly a shaman were among those taking part in the search for Nora, who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly.

The Quoirins had said Nora's condition meant she was not independent and had difficulty walking.

'Our hearts are breaking'

Appearing in front of the cameras on Monday, a visibly emotional Mrs Quoirin 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."

On Monday morning, a total of 348 personnel were deployed in the search operation, according to Malaysia's Malay Mail newspaper.

Previously, search crews looking for Nora played her mother's voice in the dense Malaysian forest near where she disappeared.

Mrs Quoirin could be heard saying "Nora, darling, Nora, I love you, Mum is here," on the recording.

'She does not go anywhere alone'

Police said the teenager, who was travelling on an Irish passport, was believed to have climbed out of her resort room window.

After Nora went missing, her family described how she was particularly vulnerable.

They said: "Nora is a very special person. She is fun, funny, and extremely loving. With her family, she is very affectionate – family is her whole world.

"She is not like other teenagers. She is not independent and does not go anywhere alone."

The National Crime Agency (NCA), the Metropolitan Police and Irish police were supporting the Malaysian police with the case.

The Lucie Blackman Trust provides support to families with a loved one in crisis abroad.

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