Our hearts are broken: Nora Quoirin’s family say teenager touched the world

The family of Nora Quoirin say their "hearts are broken" after the teenager's body was found in Malaysia.

In an emotional statement, the devastated family also offered their thanks to those involved in the search for the 15-year-old.

A post-mortem is due to take place on Wednesday to determine Nora's cause of death.

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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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Her body was discovered beside a small stream, about 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles) from the jungle resort of Dusun, on Tuesday.

Describing how the teenager had "truly touched the world", her family said: "Nora is at the heart of our family. She is the truest, most precious girl and we love her infinitely.

"The cruelty of her being taken away is unbearable. Our hearts are broken.

"We will always love our Nora."

The statement added: "We would like to thank all the people that have been searching for Nora and trying their best to find her.

"We thank the local people here and those far and wide for their prayers and support at this time.

"Nora has brought people together, especially from France, Ireland, Britain and Malaysia, united in their love and support for her and her family.

"To all our friends and family at home, we can't thank you enough for all your love."

Nora, who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly, disappeared on Sunday August 4 while on holiday with her family.

Hundreds of people were involved in the search and rescue operation and it was volunteer helpers who found her body.

Deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor told reporters at a press conference that the remains were winched by helicopter to a hospital mortuary.

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

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

The teenager's parents, Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin, a French-Irish couple who have lived in London for 20 years, had thanked those looking for her as fundraising pages set up by Nora's aunt and uncle collected more than £100,000 from well-wishers.

Following the confirmation that Nora's body had been found, Irish premier Leo Varadkar said that the situation was "every family's worst nightmare".

He tweeted: "Our thoughts & sincere condolences are with Nora Quoirin's parents, siblings & wider family at this unimaginably difficult time.

"They have experienced every family's worst nightmare. I'd like to pay tribute to everyone who searched for Nora. May she rest in peace."

President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, and his wife Sabina offered their "deepest condolences" to Nora's parents, to her siblings and to her extended family.

The French Foreign Ministry also expressed its sincere condolences to Nora's family.

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

Search crews looking for the teenager had played her mother's voice in the dense Malaysian forest near where she disappeared.

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

Rescuers during the search operation
Rescuers during the search operation (AP/PA)

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

Describing her as a "very special person", they said she would not have gone anywhere alone.

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