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Did searchers miss Nora Quiorin's body? Missing British schoolgirl was found near a waterfall on SECOND search of the area a mile from Malaysian jungle eco-resort where she was staying with her family

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 6 days ago Sophie Law and Paul Thompson In Malaysia For Mailonline
a person standing posing for the camera: Nora Quoirin's body was found near a waterfall in Malaysia on the second time the area was searched, it was revealed today © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Nora Quoirin's body was found near a waterfall in Malaysia on the second time the area was searched, it was revealed today

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Nora Quoirin's body was found near a waterfall in Malaysia on the second time the area was searched, it was revealed today.

The unsuccessful first search will inevitably raise questions about why the British teen's naked body was not found sooner.

She was discovered around a mile from the eco-resort where she was staying with her family ten days after she went missing. 

The area was described as 'inaccessible'. More than 350 searchers, including volunteers, cadaver dogs and a shaman had joined the hunt for the British schoolgirl, 15.  

The body was found in an area that had previously been searched, said Malaysia's Deputy Inspector General of Police Mazn Mazlan. 

Nora's parents, Frenchman Sebastien, 47, and Irish woman Meabh, 45, faced the harrowing ordeal of identifying their daughter's body in the mortuary today.

She was found dead by a volunteer hiker before police were alerted and she was winched out of the jungle by a helicopter and flown to Serenbam hospital. 

The teenager had told her family she was 'excited' to visit a waterfall when she arrived at the resort, a volunteer searcher told MailOnline. 

Her body was found intact after forensics and a pathologist rushed to the scene when the police hotline was alerted today at around 2pm local time, police confirmed.

State Police chief Mohammed Yusop said earlier: 'I can confirm a body has been found in the Berembun mountains. It is not in an accessible place'. 

Volunteers had 'followed the stream down the mountain' today before discovering the body near the waterfall in a place that was 'not accessible', police said.   

a large waterfall over a rocky area: Nora's body was found was found near a waterfall in Gunung Berembun in the Pantai Hills around a mile away from the resort

Nora's body was found was found near a waterfall in Gunung Berembun in the Pantai Hills around a mile away from the resort
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An autopsy will be carried out to determine the cause of death. Police would not comment if the teenager had any visible injuries. 

More than 350 people were involved in the ten-day search in the jungle and river, using helicopters with thermal detectors, drones, sniffer dogs and shamans.  

Hours before the body was found, volunteer Shirley Yap told MailOnline she was setting off to search around the waterfall having been told Nora was 'excited' to see the attraction.

She said: 'We had heard she was excited about seeing a waterfall when she arrived in the resort.

'We are going to look around that area and follow the stream down the mountain'. 

Volunteer hikers, who found the body near Gunung Berembun in the Pantai Hills, were taken to Pantai police station to make statements.   

Relatives, including Nora's aunt Éadaoin Agnew, arrived at the hospital today to support the Quoirin family.

a person standing next to a tree: Rescue teams searched in the jungle today before a body was found near a waterfall © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Rescue teams searched in the jungle today before a body was found near a waterfall a group of people standing around a plane: The body of Nora was airlifted to hospital after being winched from the Malaysian jungle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The body of Nora was airlifted to hospital after being winched from the Malaysian jungle

Nora disappeared in the early hours of August 4. She was barefoot and wearing a night dress.

Her parents, who live in London, discovered Nora was missing at around 8am after finding a downstairs window open in their resort in Dusun.  

Police confirmed it was still being classed as a missing persons case but that a criminal investigation was ongoing.  

Police chief Yusop arrived in the back of a moped when the body was found as intense police activity surrounded the resort. 

He was followed down the single track road by a car containing a member of the Irish embassy, while a French official stood at the perimeter.  

a group of people in a room: Rescue workers carry Noar's body as it arrives at Seremban hospital, after she was found dead near a stream in the jungle surrounding the eco-resort © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Rescue workers carry Noar's body as it arrives at Seremban hospital, after she was found dead near a stream in the jungle surrounding the eco-resort

It comes after her parents offered a £10,000 reward for information that could lead to her safe return. 

They made an emotional plea saying their 'hearts were breaking' as the reward money was announced. 

In a statement, her mother said: 'Nora is our first child. She has been vulnerable since the day she was born. 

'She is so precious to us and our hearts are breaking. We are appealing to anyone who has information about Nora to help us find her.'

a group of people standing in a room: Family Nora arrive at a hospital morgue in Seremban after her body was found

Family Nora arrive at a hospital morgue in Seremban after her body was found
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The £10,000 reward - 50,000 in local Malaysian Ringgit currency -  was donated by an anonymous businessman based in Belfast. 

A large number of search and rescue personnel worked in energy-sapping hot and humid temperatures, hacking their way through the jungle vines and vegetation.  

Searchers were left physically exhausted making their way step by step through the thick jungle vegetation. 

It comes as local police refused to discuss what role they had, but it was likely to be on the criminal investigation that is being run parallel to the missing persons inquiry. 

Assistant Commissioner Che Zaharia confirmed at an evening press conference: 'We have police from three nations assisting us. France, Ireland and U.K.' 

a person wearing a costume: State police chief Mohammed Yusop confirmed a body had been found in the Malaysian jungle

State police chief Mohammed Yusop confirmed a body had been found in the Malaysian jungle
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British, Irish and French police also joined the search as it stretched into its second week.    

Shaman, believed to be able to summon spirits, yesterday went into the jungle and entered a trance-like state to perform a ritual incantation in a bid to find the teen.     

Shaman Khalid Mohamad said he believed the girl was lured by a genie, an invisible spirit believed by Muslims to inhabit the Earth and influence mankind by appearing in the form of humans or animals. 

a group of people in uniform: Malaysian General Operations Police arrive at the command post, near the Dusum Resort, today © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Malaysian General Operations Police arrive at the command post, near the Dusum Resort, today a group of people standing next to a tree: Members of a rescue team walk through an abandoned property during an ongoing search effort © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Members of a rescue team walk through an abandoned property during an ongoing search effort

He said in a video that the genie was attracted to the girl because she has special needs and had chosen her as its step-child. 

Dogs trained in finding dead bodies were also drafted in to help with the search. 

Cadaver dogs roamed the dense jungle with their handlers surrounding the remote eco-resort in Malaysia.    

Four days after the teen went missing, officials played a recording of the girl's mother calling 'Nora, Nora darling, mummy's here' through loudspeakers. 

Known paedophiles were also interviewed and police visited the homes of 30 local people, but did not find any trace of the teen.    

a group of people posing for the camera: Members of a rescue team in a jeep involved in the search for the 15-year-old Nora © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Members of a rescue team in a jeep involved in the search for the 15-year-old Nora a person driving a car: Members of a rescue teams searched in the tenth day before a body was found © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Members of a rescue teams searched in the tenth day before a body was found

A member of the Garda, the Irish police, has been in Malaysia for several days acting as a family liaison officer. 

The National Crime Agency and Met Police also offered their support to the Malaysian authorities. 

The family were helped by the Lucie Blackman Trust who provide support for those with a loved one missing. 

Her parents Sebastien and Meabh said it was 'unthinkable' that she would wander off alone.

Nora was sleeping in the same room as her younger siblings and her parents were in a bedroom a few feet away.  

She was discovered missing by her father Sebastien at around 8am and a downstairs door was wide open.

They have told police they did not hear anything and there were no signs of a struggle.

a man standing in front of a car: A Malaysian police vehicle entering thr police cordon as they searched for missing Nora before a body was found © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A Malaysian police vehicle entering thr police cordon as they searched for missing Nora before a body was found a group of people looking at each other: The hunt for missing teen Nora Quoirin has involved the use shaman who believed she was lured by a 'genie' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The hunt for missing teen Nora Quoirin has involved the use shaman who believed she was lured by a 'genie'

The only clue to the teen's disappearance was an open ground floor window, which police believe she climbed out and then wandered into the jungle.

One theory is that she woke up early jet-lagged after her 12-hour flight from London and, disorientated at being in a strange bedroom, got up and left.

Police said there was no sign of any intruder entering the property.

They did not find any footprints inside the villa or forensic evidence to suggest an unknown person was inside.

The entire area around the villa where the family were staying is covered with soggy vegetation and the single-track road leading to the resort is covered with mud.

Had someone entered through the window and climbed a flight of stairs to an upstairs bedroom where Nora was sleeping, it is assumed there would have been traces of mud on the floor.

a tree in front of a building: Nora and her family arrived at the sprawling resort (pictured), located 39 miles south of Kuala Lumpur, on August 3 before she went to sleep beside her siblings in an upstairs bedroom © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Nora and her family arrived at the sprawling resort (pictured), located 39 miles south of Kuala Lumpur, on August 3 before she went to sleep beside her siblings in an upstairs bedroom

It is because of the lack of evidence of any crime that police treated the case as primarily that of a missing person.

Fears for Nora's safety were compounded by her special needs.

She was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder than affects brain development, which means she struggles with co-ordination.

As police were convinced they are dealing with a missing person rather than a crime they concentrated their search in a 4km area around the Dusan eco resort.

Search teams and senior police were given a morale-boosting visit by a senior Malaysian Government minister to boost morale.

Transport minister Loke Siew Fook also met privately with the Quoirin family to assure them authorities were doing everything possible to find their daughter.

The search teams included men from the General Operations Force's 4th Battalion, Semenyih, 3rd Battalion Senoi Praaq unit; Fire and Rescue Department; Civil Defence Force; People's Voluntary Corps (RELA); and Sarawak Forest Department as well as local residents.  

Nora' aunt set up an online fundraising page in the aftermath of her disappearance, which has so far collected more than £90,000. 

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