Published: Tue, August 13, 2019

Body found in search for missing Nóra Quoirin

Body found in search for missing Nóra Quoirin

August 4: Nora was reported missing after her father discovered she was not in her bedroom at the Dusan Resort at around 8am on Sunday.

Nora, who who holds an Irish passport, has learning difficulties.

Indigenous trackers and even reportedly a shaman were among those to have joined the search for Nora, who was born with the neurological disorder holoprosencephaly and needs help with many aspects of everyday life.

A reward of RM50,000 (S$16,500) was offered on Monday (Aug 12) for information leading to Nora's return.

"We have no reason to believe she wandered off and is lost".

Missing teenager Nora Quoirin.

The money, 50,000 in Malaysian ringgit currency, was donated by a Belfast-based business who wished to remain anonymous.

Police from Ireland, France and the United Kingdom are also on site to assist in the investigation.

Some 300 Malaysian searchers aided by drones and sniffer dogs are scouring the forest area near the resort, playing recordings of Nora's mother calling out to her.

Missing persons charity the Lucie Blackman Trust said the body had not been identified but was "likely" to be the teenager, from London.

"(We are) quite familiar with all the routes and trails, so we try to help as much as possible to find the girl", said hiker Sherley Yap.

The trust, which is handling media for the Quoirin family, confirmed a body had been found in the search for the teenager.

Announcing the reward on Monday, her mother said Nora was "so precious to us" and said, their "hearts are breaking". "However it sadly seems likely", he said.

Authorities haven't confirmed the identity but say that the body is white and female.

Nora's family said they were convinced she had been abducted but the Malaysian police have said there were no signs of foul play.

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