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British teen Nora Quoirin's body found 2km from Malaysia resort

British teen Nora Quoirin's body found 2km from Malaysia resort

The family of missing Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin confirmed Tuesday that her body was found in Malaysia.

"We have not confirmed whose body it is", local police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop told reporters.

Her nude body was found yesterday about 2km from the resort.

An initial investigation had found no evidence of criminal behavior.

Fifteen-year-old Nora Anne Quoirin, who had suffered learning difficulties, was reported missing on August 4 after her family arrived at the Dusun rainforest resort in Seremban, about 70 km (44 miles) south of the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

Police said the teenager's parents confirmed the body discovered by a search team was their daughter.

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

They offered a €10,000 reward - donated by an anonymous business in Belfast - on Monday for any information leading to their daughter's safe return. In a statement to the BBC last week, they said there was "no reason to believe she wandered off and is lost".

The 15-year-old Londoner had been on holiday there with her family when she disappeared from her room on 4 August.

Matthew Searle, chief executive of the Lucie Blackman Trust, said the discovery "was absolutely devastating for the family who have obviously lived in hope that a better outcome was on it's way".

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The Quoirins had said Nora's condition meant she was not independent and had difficulty walking. "We are so grateful for everything that you are doing for us".

Appearing in front of the cameras on Monday, a visibly emotional Mrs Quoirin said: "Nora is our first child".

Quoirin, whose mother is from Belfast and whose father is French, was traveling on an Irish passport during the trip.

Her body was airlifted to a hospital for identification and an autopsy following her discovery later on Tuesday (local time).

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tweeted: "Our thoughts and honest condolences are with Nora Quoirin's parents, siblings and wider family at this unimaginably hard time".

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

Nora was born with brain defect holoprosencephaly, and her mother says she has been "vulnerable since the day she was born".

The police investigation will now focus on her final movements and a post-mortem examination, which is due to be conducted today, may provide clues as to how she died.

A liaison officer from An Garda Síochána, officials from Scotland Yard as well as the UK's National Crime Agency, and Interpol were also involved in the search for the schoolgirl.

"She is so precious to us and our hearts are breaking".