Body found in Malaysia could be missing Irish girl - victims' aid group

Malaysia finds body near where London teen went missing

"I can confirm a body has been found in the Berembun mountains. It is not in an accessible place".

A female body has been found in the hunt for missing teenager Nora Quoirin in the Malaysian jungle.

Since her disappearance, the authorities have mounted a large-scale search and rescue operation, but were unable to locate any trace of the missing teen until a body was found today.

Nora was reported missing on August 4 after her father discovered she had gone and a downstairs window was wide open.

Nora, who who holds an Irish passport, has learning difficulties.

Voluntary hikers and even reportedly a shaman are among those to have joined the search for Nora, who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly and has special needs.

The discovery comes after Nora's parents put up a reward worth more than €10 000 for information that could lead to their daughter's return.

"She is so precious to us and our hearts are breaking", they said.

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The money, 50,000 in Malaysian ringgit currency, was donated by a Belfast-based business who wished to remain anonymous.

Malaysian sharmans and police from Britain, Irish and French were among those drafted in to assist.

About 350 people had been searching for Nora in dense jungle near the resort.

August 7: Police said they were analysing unidentified fingerprints found in the family's hotel suite.

However they later revised their opinion saying that Nora had been "taken" but not "abducted".

He said: "The Lucie Blackman Trust can confirm a body has been found in the search for Nora Quoirin".

"At this time we can not confirm it is Nora". The charity issued a statement in which it noted that "it sadly seems likely" the the body is Nóra's.

Authorities haven't confirmed the identity but say that the body is white and female.

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