London teen's body found naked in Malaysia jungle

Heavy police presence is seen at the search area for missing Irish teen Nora Anne Quoirin in the jungle near Seremban

Fifteen-year-old Nora Anne Quoirin, who had suffered learning difficulties, was reported missing on August 4 after her family arrived at the Dusun rainforest resort in Seremban, about 70 km (44 miles) south of the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

"The family has confirmed that the body is Nora", Mohamad Mat Yusop, police chief of Negeri Sembilan state, told reporters at the hospital morgue.

Her body was found close to a stream near the Lata Berembun waterfall in a mountainous area in the rainforest just 1.6km from the Dusun eco resort.

Her cause of death has not yet been confirmed and Malaysian police said a post-mortem examination began on Wednesday morning.

Malaysia's deputy police chief Mazalan Mansour confirmed that a criminal investigation was still on-going, alongside a missing person's inquiry.

They said the family had initially suspected a criminal connection to Nora's disappearance as she was very vulnerable and had never left her family voluntarily before.

An anonymous donation from a business in Northern Ireland - Nora's mother is from Belfast, and Nora was traveling on an Irish passport, according to the BBC - helped the Quoirins offer about $12,000 for information that could lead them to their daughter.

"We have no indication as to how she died", said Mr Searle, who is speaking on behalf of the Quoirin family.

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Quoirin's family arrived August 3 for a two-week stay at the Dusun, a small resort located in a durian orchard next to a forest reserve 63 kilometres south of Kuala Lumpur.

A British charity which helps the families of people who go missing or are killed overseas, the Lucie Blackman Trust, has been providing support to the family. I'd like to pay tribute to everyone who searched for Nora. "She is so precious to us and our hearts are breaking", her mother said.

The body of a British teenager who vanished while on vacation has been discovered by Malaysian rescue workers.

The newspaper reports that Nora's family have strong links to Belfast and her grandparents still live in the city and are members of the parish of St. Brigid's.

Police from Ireland, France and the United Kingdom also assisted in support of her parents, with mom Meabh originally from Ireland and dad Sebastien Quoirin from France.

The schoolgirl's grandfather, Sylvain Quoirin, who is a mayor in France, had previously said it was "unthinkable" Nora would have wandered off alone because of the severity of her learning difficulties.

Almost 350 people have been involved in a massive search operation that includes sniffer dogs, elite commando forces and thermal detectors, but no evidence had turned up until the discovery of the body on Tuesday.

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

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