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The body of a British teenager who vanished while on vacation has been discovered by Malaysian rescue workers.
The Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity that aids British families in overseas crises now representing the family of 15-year-old Nora Quoirin, has confirmed in a Facebook post that a body found was that of the missing teen. The corpse was discovered by a stream approximately one mile away from where she went missing only a day after arriving in the country. The Quoirin family had reported that Nora disappeared from an eco-resort in Seremban, Malaysia on Aug. 4.
The body “was not in any clothing” and was found by volunteers, national deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor said according to the New York Post.
Police believe Quoirin had climbed out of a window of the resort. The family, however, believes she was abducted.
An anonymous Belfast-based business had previously offered a $12,000 reward for the return of the child amidst plea's from Nora's mother for help.
“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,” her mother, Meabh Quoirin, had said.
Quoirin was disabled from a life-long brain condition called holoprosencephaly, her parents said during the search, according to the BBC.
A team of nearly 350 people was created to search for the girl. Sniffer dogs and thermal detectors were used in the search.
Upwards of $130,000 has been donated on two crowdfunding sites to help the Quoirin family cover the costs of the family's stay incurred during the investigation.
Her cause of death has not yet been confirmed. A "criminal element" in the death has not yet been ruled out.
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