Malaysian police certain they have found body of missing Irish girl

Cheryl Sanders
August 14, 2019

The family of an Irish teenager found dead in a Malaysian jungle have said they will not demand a criminal investigation into her death.

Her body was airlifted by helicopter out of the ravine - about 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) from the resort - after which it was transported to hospital and identified by her relatives.

"However it sadly seems likely", said The Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity that helps the families of Britons in crisis overseas.

Her relatives said the schoolgirl was "at the heart of our family", in a statement released by The Lucie Blackman Trust, a United Kingdom charity that supports relatives of British people missing overseas.

Nora went missing after traveling to Kuala Lumpur from London with her father and two siblings on August 4, while her mother arrived separately from Singapore.

Her cause of death has not yet been confirmed and Malaysian police said a post-mortem examination began on Wednesday morning. "She is the truest, most precious girl and we love her infinitely", they said.

A vulnerable 15-year-old girl who lived with learning difficulties from birth, her grieving family spoke of how she "truly touch the world". "We are so grateful for everything that you are doing for us".

Appearing before cameras on Monday, a tearful Ms Quoirin said: "Nora is our first child".

Search teams were assisted by local Orang Asli people, who have knowledge of the jungle terrain, while two shamans also joined the operation. She was born with holoprosencephaly, a rare congenital brain malformation. She went missing the day after the family arrived.

"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 parents offered a £10,000 ($12,000) reward for information leading to the return of their daughter, after receiving a donation from an anonymous business in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Lawyer Sankara N. Nair, who has been engaged to represent them, said it was too early to make a decision now. In a statement to the BBC last week, they said there was "no reason to believe she wandered off and is lost".

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

While police believe the girl climbed out of the window herself, her family strongly refuted such claims, saying she isn't independent and wouldn't wander off alone.

She added: "We had heard that she was excited about seeing the waterfall when she arrived at the resort".

The National Crime Agency (NCA), the Metropolitan Police and Irish police were supporting the Malaysian police with the case.

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