Body Found During Search For Missing Brit Teen Nora Quoirin
A body has been found in the Malaysian jungle in the search for missing British teenager Nora Quoirin, police have confirmed.
After her disappearance nine days ago, an intensive search was conducted in the jungle around the eco-resort where she was on holiday with her family.
The 15-year-old, who has learning difficulties, was reported missing on 4 August and people have been looking for her ever since.
State Police chief Mohammed Yusop said: "I can confirm a body has been found in the Betembum mountains. It is not in an accessible place."
He also said that forensic examination is needed to determine if the body is male or female.
Rescue teams searched day and night, sleeping on camp beds while the high-powered torches they were using re-charged.
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With high temperatures and humidity, team members were left physically exhausted as they searched the thick jungle metre by metre.
Police had interviewed known paedophiles in the area, visiting 30 local people that they suspected could have been involved, but found no trace of her.
The search for Nora, who is of Irish and French origin, has been supported by Irish, French and British agencies.
The National Crime Agency and Met Police have offered their support to the Malaysian authorities.
"It is purely support at the end of a phone," a Met Police police source told the Daily Mail.
"Officers will not be taken off the streets of London to go and search in the jungle."
A member of the Garda, the Irish police, has been in Malaysia several days acting as a family liaison officer, while an anonymous Belfast businessperson offered a £10,000 ($12,000) reward for the safe return of Nora.
Locals have been helping in the search, with a local shaman performing a traditional ritual to offer up support, as per South East Asian culture.
Nora was sleeping in a room with her younger siblings, just feet away from her parents' room. One theory suggests that she woke up feeling jet-lagged and confused, and wandered out not recognising the bedroom she woke up in.
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