The parents of Nora Quoirin have identified a body found in Malaysia as that of the missing teenager.
Nora, who had special needs, was on holiday with her family when she disappeared from her room at the Dusun resort on 4th August.
Police said the 15-year-old parents have confirmed the body discovered by a search team on Tuesday was their daughter. A post-mortem examination will be carried out on Wednesday.
About 350 people had been hunting for Nora, who was of Irish-French descent, in dense jungle near the resort.
Her body was found just over a mile (2km) away from the Dusun as per reports.
Malaysia’s deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor said Nora was found beside a stream in a “quite hilly” area of plantation, and was “not in any clothing”.
Authorities have been treating Nora’s disappearance as a missing persons case, but her family have said they believe she may have been abducted. Her cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
Nora was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder which affects brain development, and her family said she was “not independent and does not go anywhere alone”.
On Monday, her parents Meabh and Sebastien, a French-Irish couple who have lived in London for 20 years, put up a 50,000 Malaysian ringgit (£10,000) reward for help to find her.
While announcing the reward, they described their daughter as being “so precious to us”, adding their “hearts are breaking”.
Nora, her parents and her younger brother and sister arrived at the resort in a nature reserve near Seremban, about 39 miles south of Kuala Lumpur, on 3 August for a two-week stay.
Her father raised the alarm at 08:00 local time the next day after she was discovered missing from her bedroom.
Search teams were assisted by local Orang Asli people, who have knowledge of the jungle terrain, while two shamans also joined the operation. The National Crime Agency (NCA), the Met Police, Irish and French police have also been providing support to Malaysian authorities.
Irish President Michael D Higgins has offered his “deepest condolences” to Nora’s family and thanked Malaysian authorities for their search efforts.
In a statement, France’s Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs said French police remain “at the disposal of the Malaysian authorities so that light can be shed on the circumstances of her death”.
Source : Various