Malaysian police find body of Irish teenager who went missing

Clay Curtis
August 14, 2019

Nora, who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly, vanished from the cottage at the resort she and her family were staying the day after she arrived in Malaysia on Sunday, August 4.

In an update on this story, police confirmed that the body found was that of a female caucasian.

A tweet from Lucie Blackman Trust, the UK-based charity organisation that has been providing support to Nora's family during SAR efforts here, also acknowledged reports of a body being found, but explained they are now seeking clarification.

The Lucie Blackman trust, a charity that helps the families of Britons who are in crisis overseas, said in a statement: "At this time we can not confirm it is Nora".

Her family had said it was extremely unlikely the reserved youngster would have wandered off on her own.

After meeting the girl's parents, family lawyer Sankara N. Nair said they hoped "the authorities will investigate the death of their loving daughter thoroughly and explore all angles that caused her death".

The Lucie Blackman Trust released a statement saying, "The Lucie Blackman Trust can confirm with great sadness that the body found today is that of missing teenager Nora Quoirin. She is so precious to us and our hearts are breaking", her mother said. However, her parents believe she was abducted. "Please be patient. We will let you know as soon as it's confirmed", an officer told The Mirror.

The Quoirins had said Nora's condition meant she was not independent and had difficulty walking. I'd like to pay tribute to everyone who searched for Nora. Nora's parents identified her body Tuesday, according to the BBC.

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"She has been vulnerable since the day she was born", said the teen's mother, Meabh Quoirin, her voice shaking. LBT asked for the family to be given privacy at this time.

He tweeted: "Irish + French embassies in Malaysia working together to provide every assistance to the Quoirin family".

Quoirin went missing from the Dunsan resort Seremban, south of Kuala Lumpur, as her parents slept.

Police chief Mazlan Mansor earlier said in a press conference that the body looks like Nora but, "it is yet to be confirmed by the family".

On August 11, Malaysian police set up a hotline dedicated to receiving information about Nora and two days ago a £10,000 reward, donated by an anonymous Belfast business, was announced for information leading to Nora's safe return.

Police have said they are not discounting foul play.

Police have questioned a number of people, are examining fingerprints found on a window, and looking into reports that villagers heard a truck early on the morning that the girl disappeared.

British, Irish and French police had been dispatched to Malaysia to join the search.

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