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Nora Quoirin: Postmortem to be carried out

The Guardian logo The Guardian 14/08/2019 Nadeem Badshah
a person standing in front of a yellow flower: Nora Quoirin had been holidaying in an eco-resort about an hour south of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when she went missing on 4 August. © AP Nora Quoirin had been holidaying in an eco-resort about an hour south of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when she went missing on 4 August.

The family of the British teenager Nora Quoirin, whose body was found in the Malaysian jungle, have paid tribute to their daughter and said “the cruelty of her being taken away is unbearable”.

The 15-year-old’s body was discovered on Tuesday by a local team of hikers beside a small stream close to the Dusun jungle resort after a 10-day search.

Nora, who was born with holoprosencephaly, a neurological disorder, was on a two-week holiday in an eco-resort with her parents and two younger siblings about an hour south of the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

A postmortem examination was expected to be carried out on Wednesday to determine the cause of death and whether police will carry out any further investigations.

Shamans, known in Malaysia as bomoh, go into trances during a search effort to locate missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 12, 2019. - Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old with learning difficulties, disappeared on August 4, a day after checking into a Malaysian resort with her London-based family. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images) Shamans, known in Malaysia as bomoh, go into trances during a search effort to locate missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 12, 2019. - Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old with learning difficulties, disappeared on August 4, a day after checking into a Malaysian resort with her London-based family. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

A statement from her family, who live in London, said: “We would like to thank all the people that have been searching for Nora and trying their best to find her. We thank the local people here and those far and wide for their prayers and support at this time.

“Nora has brought people together, especially from France, Ireland, Britain and Malaysia, united in their love and support for her and her family. She has truly touched the whole world.”

The statement added: “To all our friends and family at home, we can’t thank you enough for all your love.

“Nora is at the heart of our family. She is the truest, most precious girl and we love her infinitely.

“The cruelty of her being taken away is unbearable. Our hearts are broken. We will always love our Nora.”

A police officer paste a photo of 15-year-old Irish girl Nora Anne Quoirin who went missing from a resort on a wall at a shop in Seremban, Malaysia, August 9, 2019. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng © Thomson Reuters A police officer paste a photo of 15-year-old Irish girl Nora Anne Quoirin who went missing from a resort on a wall at a shop in Seremban, Malaysia, August 9, 2019. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

Nora’s parents had earlier thanked those involved in the search operation as fundraising pages set up by the teenager’s aunt and uncle raised more than £100,000.

The family discovered Nora’s disappearance from their hotel on the morning of 4 August and reported her missing.

A large window in the room was found open and while her family insisted she had been abducted, the police continued to treat the incident as a missing person case.

The Quoirins had said Nora’s condition meant she was not independent and had difficulty walking.

Her body was found in the Betembum mountains by members of the Seremban hikers club, who had joined police, residents and members of the indigenous Orang Asli people in the search and rescue operation.

Malaysia’s deputy inspector general of police, Datuk Mazlan Mansor, said there was “reasonable suspicion” that the body of the “Caucasian female” found 1.2 miles from the Dusun resort was that of Nora, who is of Irish and French descent.

Members of a rescue team walk to Mount Berembun as they take part in a search effort to locate missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 12, 2019. - Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old with learning difficulties, disappeared on August 4, a day after checking into a Malaysian resort with her London-based family. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images) Members of a rescue team walk to Mount Berembun as they take part in a search effort to locate missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 12, 2019. - Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old with learning difficulties, disappeared on August 4, a day after checking into a Malaysian resort with her London-based family. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Irish taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, said the situation was “every family’s worst nightmare”.

He wrote on Twitter: “Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with Nora Quoirin’s parents, siblings and wider family at this unimaginably difficult time.

“They have experienced every family’s worst nightmare. I’d like to pay tribute to everyone who searched for Nora. May she rest in peace.”

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