Missing schoolgirl Nora Anne Quoirin 'likely abducted' after body found

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2019

Nora Quoirin, 15, went missing on August 4, a day after checking into the resort with her London-based family.

Local police had acted on the theory that Nora's disappearance was that of a missing persons case, although they did not rule out the possibility of foul play. She was born with holoprosencephaly, a rare congenital brain malformation.

Giving more details of her special needs last week, her parents explained that she read like a young child, could not write more than a few words, and was unable to do maths, making money impossible to manage.

After meeting the girl's parents, family lawyer Sankara N. Nair said they hoped "the authorities will investigate the death of their loving daughter thoroughly and explore all angles that caused her death".

A tweet from Lucie Blackman Trust, the UK-based charity organisation that has been providing support to Nora's family during SAR efforts here, also acknowledged reports of a body being found, but explained they are now seeking clarification.

"Local police have confirmed identification", LBT added.

State police chief Mohammed Yusop said that a body was found in the Betembum mountains and is not in an accessible place.

The Irish News reports that a special Mass was being held in Nora's honour at St. Brigid's Church in south Belfast on Tuesday.

Nora's case had reminded many in Britain of another British girl who vanished from her bedroom while on vacation.

An autopsy will be conducted tomorrow morning by a chief pathologist from Kuala Lumpur.

The Lucie Blackman Trust will help the family bring their daughter back home if the body turns out to be Nora's, Searle added. LBT asked for the family to be given privacy at this time.

The incident drew worldwide attention and support for the family, including from Garry Kasparov, a Russian former world chess champion.

The family's lawyer Sankara N. Nair said: "They won't press for anything because in this country, even in most countries, it has to be done by the police rather than you pressing for anything".

Her family had said it was extremely unlikely the reserved youngster would have wandered off on her own.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tweeted: "Our thoughts & honest condolences are with Nora Quoirin's parents, siblings & wider family at this unimaginably hard time".

"They have experienced every family's worst nightmare".

Areas of jungle near the resort were cordoned off by police as they searched for Nora. "May she rest in peace.' Ireland's president Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina offered their 'deepest condolences".

He said Nora's family had been informed of the news and were going to the mortuary at the hospital to identify the body.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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