Malaysia Finds Body Missing


SEREMBAN, Malaysia—Malaysian rescuers on Tuesday, Aug. 13  found the naked body of a Caucasian female believed to be that of a 15-year-old London girl who was reported missing more than a week ago, police said.

National deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor said the body was found beside a small stream about 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) from the Dusun eco-resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state where Nora Anne Quoirin went missing on Sunday, Aug. 4.

“We have sent our forensic team to the scene and confirmed there is a body there … it resembles Nora but that is yet to be confirmed by the family,” Mazlan said at a news conference. “We have reasonable belief that it must be her.”

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In this image from a video, rescuers conduct a search and rescue operation for a missing British girl at a forest in Seremban, Malaysia on Aug. 12, 2019. (AP Photo)
In this image from a video, rescuers walk in plantation as they conduct a search and rescue operation for a missing British girl at a forest in Seremban, Malaysia on Aug. 13, 2019. (AP Photo)

He said the body, which “was not in any clothing,” was found by volunteers registered with the rescue team Tuesday afternoon in an area that had previously been searched by rescuers. The body has been airlifted to the hospital morgue to be identified by the family and for an autopsy, Mazlan said.

The Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity that helps the families of Britons who are in crisis overseas, said in a statement: “At this time we cannot confirm it is Nora. However, it sadly seems likely.”

Quoirin’s family arrived Aug. 3 for a two-week stay at the Dusun, a small resort located in a durian orchard next to a forest reserve 63 kilometers (39 miles) south of Kuala Lumpur. The resort contains six houses, each surrounded by rainforest, and has a capacity for just 20 guests.

Police believe the teen, who has learning and physical disabilities, climbed out through an open window in the living room of the resort cottage. They listed her as a missing person but said investigations also covered possible criminal aspects of the case. The girl’s family says she isn’t independent and wouldn’t wander off alone, and was likely to have been abducted.

“Nóra would not know how to get help and would never leave her family voluntarily,” her aunt wrote in the appeal. “Nora is a child with special needs and has learning and developmental disabilities which make her especially vulnerable and we fear for her safety.”

On Monday, the mother, Meabh Quoirin, announced a 50,000 ringgit ($11,900) reward, donated by a Belfast-based business, for information that directly helps police find her daughter.

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In this image made from a video, Meabh Quoirin, mother of missing schoolgirl Nora Anne Quoirin, reads a statement at a news conference in Seremban, Malaysia on Aug. 12, 2019. (AP Photo)