A body found in the search for missing teenager Nóra Quoirin in Malaysia has been identified as that of the 15-year-old. The Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity that helps British families whose loved ones have gone missing or died abroad, confirmed the identification this afternoon.
"The Lucie Blackman Trust can confirm with great sadness that the body found today is that of missing teenager Nora Quoirin. Local police have confirmed identification," an updated post on Facebook read.
Earlier this morning, when news of the discovery broke, a Twitter post from the charity said: "The Lucie Blackman Trust can confirm a body has been found in the search for Nora Quoirin.
"At this time we cannot confirm it is Nora. However it sadly seems likely. Investigations are underway to confirm identity and cause of death."
15-year-old Nóra was on a "holiday of a lifetime" with her parents, an Irish-French couple, when she disappeared on Sunday 4 August from the Dusan resort, located 63 km south of the country's capital, Kuala Lumpur.
Initial reports suggested the police were treating the case as both an abduction and a missing persons case. It later emerged that investigators were treating the case as a missing person, while the family believed it to be an abduction.
Speaking shortly after Nóra's disappearance, the teen's aunt, Aisling Agnew, insisted she would "never leave her family voluntarily."
"We now consider this a criminal matter. We are appealing to everyone to assist the local police in any way they can and to pass on any information that would help locate our beloved Nóra without delay," Agnew said.
Local deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor said Nóra's body was found beside a stream in a plantation area, and was "not in any clothing", suggesting there was criminal activity involved in the teen's disappearance.
A post-mortem will take place tomorrow to determine how Nóra died.
Nóra, who had special needs, was discovered missing when her father found her hotel room empty on the morning of Sunday 4 August. Her window had been opened.
A 50,000 MYR (approximately £10,000) reward had recently been offered by Nóra's family for tips leading to their daughter's safe return. The money is reported to have been donated by an anonymous Belfast business.
Malaysian police confirmed rescuers discovered the body today (Tuesday 13 August) near where Nóra was reported missing. A 350-strong search group had been looking for the girl in areas of dense jungle near to the family's hotel.
The Lucie Blackman Trust requested respect for the family at this difficult time, asking the media not to approach them.
"The family will not be making any statement or interview at this time. The Lucie Blackman Trust is in regular contact with them and will update media globally if they are ready to do so. Please respect their privacy at this awful time."
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