Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Missing schoolgirl Nora Anne Quoirin 'likely abducted' after body found

Missing schoolgirl Nora Anne Quoirin 'likely abducted' after body found

A body found in a forest in Malaysia on Tuesday is suspected to be that of the Irish teenager Nora Quoirin, who disappeared from a resort where she was staying with her family on August 4.

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.

The body of Nora, who had special needs, was found just over a mile away from the Dusun resort in Malaysia on Tuesday.

The deputy chief of Malaysia's police force Mazlan Mansor had earlier said that officers have so far found no evidence of criminal behaviour.

"They have experienced every family's worst nightmare".

It added that an investigation was underway to confirm whether the body is the 15-year-old, who disappeared from a remote resort in Malaysia more than a week ago while on holiday with her family. She went missing the day after the family arrived.

The newspaper reports that Nora's family have strong links to Belfast and her grandparents still live in the city and are members of the parish of St. Brigid's.

Nora's case had reminded many in Britain of another British girl who vanished from her bedroom while on vacation.

Nora went missing after traveling to Kuala Lumpur from London with her father and two siblings on August 4, while her mother arrived separately from Singapore.

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

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".

They said she was unable to make or receive phone calls independently. "To all our friends and family at home, we can't thank you enough for all your love".

On Monday, Nora's mother, Meabh Quoirin, announced a 50,000 ringgit (AU$17,500) reward, donated by a Belfast-based business, for information leading to the recovery of her daughter.

The schoolgirl's grandfather, Sylvain Quoirin, who is a mayor in France, had previously said it was "unthinkable" Nora would have wandered off alone because of the severity of her learning difficulties.

"All at The Lucie Blackman Trust are thinking of the family and continue to support them as they come to terms with this news".

They said: "Nora is a very special person".

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

The search involved more than 300 personnel including from the National Crime Agency (NCA), the Metropolitan Police and the Malaysian police.

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