Nora Quoirin: Body found confirmed to be missing London teenager

The body found in a Malaysian jungle on Tuesday has been confirmed as missing London teenager Nora Quoirin.

The Lucie Blackman Trust - which helps families in crises overseas - confirmed on Wednesday morning that local police have identified the body as Quoirin. However, her cause of death has not been confirmed.

"All at The Lucie Blackman Trust are thinking of the family and continue to support them as they come to terms with this news," a statement from the charity, which is acting on behalf of Quoirin's family, said.

The 15-year-old schoolgirl went missing on Sunday while on holiday south of Kuala Lumpur. She had been on holiday with her parents, who woke to find her gone. 

A massive search operation was initiated with more than 260 people involved, including a group of elite commandos.

The Guardian reports that the body was found near a stream on Tuesday by members of a hiking group assisting police. Local police say the area she was found was not very accessible.

According to the family, Quoirin wasn't very independent and had difficulty walking. She was born with holoprosencephaly, which means she has a smaller brain leading to learning and physical disabilities.

"All her life she has spent a lot of time in hospital. When she was born, she needed operations to help her [breathe]. She has specialists that monitor her growth, her physical abilities and her strength, and especially her mental capacity.

"She has a good memory but she cannot understand anything conceptual. She is unable to do maths and so things like money are impossible to manage. She cannot make or receive phone calls independently."

The family says she has been to Asia and many European countries before and has never walked off.

The Telegraph reports that police believe she climbed through a window in the resort cottage living room and out into the night. The chances of a criminal element to the case has not been ruled out completely.

The Quoirin family are from London and arrived in the Dusun forest eco-resort in the southern Negeri Sembilan state about a week ago. 


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