Body found in search for missing teenager Nora Quoirin

Nora Quoirin.
A body has been found. Photo credit: AAP.

Police searching for missing UK teenager Nora Quoirin in Malaysia say they have found a body.

The Lucie Blackman Trust confirmed a body has been found in a press release on Tuesday night (NZ time).

"At this time we cannot confirm it is Nora. However it sadly seems likely. Investigations are underway to confirm identity and cause of death," says the statement.

The Trust asks the public to respect the family's privacy during this difficult time.

Nora Quoirin, 15, disappeared from her room in a resort south of Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. She was on holiday with her parents, an Irish-French couple, and younger siblings. 

Quoirin was born with holoprosencephaly, which means she has a smaller brain leading to learning and physical disabilities.

"This is extremely traumatic for the whole family. [Nora's parents] Meabh and Sebastien are devastated and too upset to speak themselves at this time," Nora's aunt previously said.

Police released a photo of a downstairs window of the cottage where Nora was staying, which was accidentally left open the day she went missing. Authorities reportedly believe she climbed through the window.

The chances of a criminal element to the case has not been ruled out completely.

The London-based family believe she was abducted. On Thursday officers admitted abduction was a possibility after finding unidentified fingerprints.

A detective who worked on the Madeleine McCann case says Quoirin's disappearance shares similarities with McCann, who went in missing in 2007 from a hotel room during a family holiday in Portugal. Her whereabouts still remain unknown.

More to come.

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