Police find body of disabled 15-year-old girl who went missing in the Malaysian jungle

Bill Bostock
A photo of 15-year-old London girl Nora Quoirin, who went missing from The Dusun resort, is pasted on a wall at a school in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.

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  • Police in Malaysia have found the body of Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old tourist who disappeared in the jungle 10 days ago.
  • Local police said on Tuesday Quoirin's parents identified a body found by rescuers earlier that day as their daughter. 
  • She went missing from her parent's vacation apartment in the Dusun nature reserve on August 4. The body was found around a mile away.
  • Quoirin is severely disabled, her parents said, owing to brain condition she has had since birth.
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Police searching for a disabled 15-year-old girl in the Malaysian jungle say they have found her body, after 10 days of searching.

Officers working in the Dusun nature reserve said at a press conference Tuesday that they discovered a body which "resembles" Nora Quoirin, who disappeared on August 4.

Quorin's parent's positively identified her body later that day.

Quoirin is severely disabled owing to a life-long brain condition called holoprosencephaly, her parents said during the search. Her family is French-Irish and lived in London.

She disappeared from the vacation apartment where her family was staying, triggering a long search operation.Google Maps

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Negheri Sembilan Sate police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop told a press conference on Tuesday the body, found at 2:30 p.m. local time 40 miles south of Kuala Lumpur, "resembles Nora."

Quoirin suffers from holoprosencephaly, the BBC reported, which impairs cognitive development.AP

Negeri Sembilan state police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop, center, speaks to media in Pantai, Malaysia Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Malaysian rescuers on Tuesday found the body of a Caucasian female in the forest surrounding a nature resort where a 15-year-old London girl was reported missing more than a we

After Quoirin was reported missing her family described her as "not independent" and said she "does not go anywhere alone."

Malaysian police said on Wednesday they were analyzing fingerprints found in the cottage where Quoirin was staying, and that they could not rule out criminal involvement.

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On Monday, her parents had offered a 50,000 Malaysian ringgit ($12,000) reward for help finding her.

Her mother, Meabh Quoirin told rescue and TV crews: "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."

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