Police find naked body of London teen Nora Quoirin who went missing from Malaysian resort a week ago
Family identified the body of 15-year-old London girl found near resort where she disappeared 9 days ago
SEREMBAN, MALAYSIA: Malaysian rescuers on Tuesday found the naked body of a 15-year-old London girl who was reported missing more than a week ago, police said.
Police confirmed the body found was that of Nora Anne Quoirin after the family identified her.
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 Quoirin went missing on August 4.
Mazlan 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 was airlifted to the hospital morgue for an autopsy, Mazlan said.
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.
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.
Nearly 350 people have been involved in a massive search operation that includes sniffer dogs, elite commando forces and thermal detectors, but no evidence had turned up until the discovery of the body on Tuesday. Police from Ireland, France and the U.K. are also on site to assist in the investigation. The girl's mother is from Ireland and her father is French, but the family has lived in London for 20 years.
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.