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Body found in Malaysia search may be of missing London girl

| Updated: August 13, 2019 16:42:32

Body found in Malaysia search may be of missing London girl

A body has been found in the search for a vulnerable 15-year-old girl who went missing in Malaysia.

Nora Quoirin, who has special needs, disappeared from her room at the Dusun resort on August 04.

Malaysian police confirmed rescuers had found a body on Tuesday near where Nora was reported missing, reports BBC.

Missing persons charity the Lucie Blackman Trust said the body had not been identified but was "likely" to be the teenager, from London.

About 350 people had been searching for Nora in dense jungle near the resort.

BBC correspondent Howard Johnson said the body had been found just over a mile (two km) away from the Dusun.

State police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop said officials were in the process of determining whether the body, of a Caucasian female, was Nora.

Authorities have been treating Nora's disappearance as a missing persons case, but her family have said they believe she may have been abducted.

Nora was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder which affects brain development, and her family said she was "not independent and does not go anywhere alone".

On Monday, her parents Meabh and Sebastien, a French-Irish couple who have lived in London for 20 years, put up a 50,000 Malaysian ringgit (£10,000 reward) for help to find her.

While announcing the reward, they described the 15-year-old as being "so precious to us", adding their "hearts are breaking".

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