Malaysian Police 'Certain' They Have Found The Body Of Missing British Girl Nora Quoirin
A body has been found during the search for a British teenager missing for more than a week in Malaysia.
Nora Quoirin, 15, was on holiday with her family in Seremban, on the edge of rainforest near Kuala Lumpur, when she disappeared on August 4.
Malaysian police on Tuesday said they were certain they had found the body of an of the missing teenager, but were waiting for her family to make the final identification.
“We are very certain,” said Mazlan Mansor, Malaysia’s deputy police chief, when asked if police were sure the body was that of the missing girl.
“But we wait (until) tonight when the family visits the hospital.
The unclothed body, found near a stream about 2.5 km (1.6 miles) from the resort, was winched up and then flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital, he added.
Grave concerns have been held for Quoirin, who has special needs and has never been anywhere alone.
"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," her parents Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin said on Monday, as the search entered its ninth day.
Quoirin went missing from the Dunsan resort Seremban, south of Kuala Lumpur, as her parents slept. They awoke to find their daughter gone and her bedroom windows wide open.
Malaysian Police have been treating Nora's disappearance as a missing person case. However, her parents believe she was abducted. In a statement to the BBC last week, they said there was "no reason to believe she wandered off and is lost".
"She looks younger [than 15], she is not capable of taking care of herself, and she won't understand what is going on," the statement said.
An international police force comprising officers from France, Ireland and the UK, as well as local police, have been searching for more than a week, with around 350 people assisting.
During the search, recordings of Meabh's voice were played using megaphones and loudspeakers, in the hope Quoirin would recognise it.
Her parents offered a $17,800 reward (50,000 ringgit) was on offer for anyone with information on Quoirin's whereabouts to come forward, after an anonymous company in Belfast, where her mother is from, donated the funds.
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