Malaysian police confirmed on Tuesday August 13th, that a body they had found was the missing 15-year-old London girl Nora Quoirin, who disappeared over a week ago from a nature resort she was visiting for a holiday with her family.
Police had said earlier on Tuesday that rescuers discovered the body of a Caucasian female beside a small stream in steep terrain about 2.5km (1.5 miles) from the Dusun eco-resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state, where Nora, who had special needs, had disappeared from her room on August 4th.
The body was airlifted to a hospital, where her family identified her. "The family members have been brought here to identify the body that we recovered earlier, and the family has confirmed that (it) is that of Nora Anne," Negeri Sembilan police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop told reporters at the hospital morgue, according to AP.
The BBC reported that authorities have been treating Nora's disappearance as a case of a missing person, but her family have said they believe she may have been abducted. Especially, since Nora was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder which affects brain development and according to her family was "not independent and does not go anywhere alone".
Nearly 350 people have been involved in a massive search operation. Police from Ireland, France and the UK are also on site to assist in the investigation. One day prior to the discovery, Nora’s parents Meabh and Sebastien, a French-Irish couple who have lived in London for 20 years, offered a 50,000 Malaysian ringgit (£10,000) reward to help with the search.
More than £110,000 has been donated on two crowdfunding sites set up by relatives to cover costs incurred by the family during the 10-day search.