Michael Staines
Michael Staines

14.30 13 Aug 2019


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Nóra Quoirin's family has confirmed that her body was found today in Malaysia.

The body was found shortly before 2pm local time today (7am Irish time) in a hilly area around 2km away from the resort Nóra disappeared from.

Her remains were then airlifted to a local hospital, where the Quoirin family identified them as that of the missing 15-year-old.

The Lucie Blackman Trust, which is handling media relations for the family, confirmed the news "with great sadness."

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

The charity asked the public to please respect the families privacy at this awful time.

Local journalist Sumisha Naidu told Newstalk that her body was identified by her parents.

"Nóra Quoirin's parents have confirmed that the body does indeed belong to Nóra," she said.

"A postmortem is scheduled for 10am tomorrow morning.

"A senior pathologist form Kuala Lumpur - which is the capital of Malaysia and about an hour away from the hospital - will be carrying out the postmortem."

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.

National Deputy Police Chief Mazlan Mansor said the body was found at a waterfall near Gunung Berembun in the Pantai Hills.

He said searchers were sent to the waterfall after police received a call from a member of the public.

He said the body was found without any clothing.

A postmortem will determine the course of the investigation; however, Deputy Police Chief Mansor said all possibilities were being examined including the "angle of a criminal investigation."

Nóra Quoirin's mother Meabh speaks to search parties as father Sebastien, center, stands beside her, 10-08-2019. Image: Chris Jung/ZUMA Wire

Nóra was reported missing from the Dusun Holiday Resort near Kuala Lumpur, where she was staying with her parents, on Sunday August 4th.

The family had arrived at the resort the night before and woke to find her gone the following morning.

She was born with special needs and her family have said she was "not independent and does not go anywhere alone."

Today marked the 10th day of the search operation.

Nóra Quoirin Missing Schoolgirl Nóra Quoirin. Image: FindNóra

Nóra's mother Meabh is from Belfast, while her father Sebastien is French.

In a statement, the President Michael D Higgins expressed his sympathy to the Quorin family and thanked Malaysian authorities and volunteers for their search efforts.

"Sabina and I offer our deepest condolences to Nóra’s parents, Meabh and Sebastien, to Nóra’s siblings and to her extended family," he said.

"On behalf of the people of Ireland, I would also like to express my gratitude for the assistance given by the Malaysian authorities in the search for Nóra, for the volunteers who answered the call to join the search and for all those throughout Malaysia, Ireland, Britain and France who offered what support they could.

"Our thoughts and prayers are now with Nóra’s family, at this most difficult time.

"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam."

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said his thoughts are with Nóra's parents, siblings and wider family at this "unimaginably difficult time."

"They have experienced every family’s worst nightmare," he said.

"I’d like to pay tribute to everyone who searched for Nora.

"May she rest in peace."

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said authorities here and in France are working to provide "every assistance" to the Quoirin family.

He added that "all of our thoughts and prayers" are with the family.


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