Nora Quoirin: Family say ‘our hearts are broken’ after body is found

The heartbroken family of British teenager Nora Quoirin made an emotional statement after the discovery of her body in Malaysia (Picture: AP/AFP/Getty)

The family of Nora Quoirin say their ‘hearts are broken’ after the teenager’s body was found in Malaysia.

In an emotional statement, the devastated relatives also thanked the more than 300 people who joined the search for the British schoolgirl, 15.

Her body was discovered beside a small stream, around 1.6 miles from the jungle resort of Dusun, where she was staying while on holiday with her family, on Tuesday.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place later today to determine Nora’s cause of death.

Describing how the teenager had ‘truly touched the world’, her family said: ‘Nora is at the heart of our family. She is the truest, most precious girl and we love her infinitely.

‘The cruelty of her being taken away is unbearable. Our hearts are broken.

‘We will always love our Nora.’

The Quoirin family released a new picture of Nora, saying she ‘truly touched the world’ (Picture: PA)

The statement added: ‘We would like to thank all the people that have been searching for Nora and trying their best to find her.

‘We thank the local people here and those far and wide for their prayers and support at this time.

‘Nora has brought people together, especially from France, Ireland, Britain and Malaysia, united in their love and support for her and her family.

‘To all our friends and family at home, we can’t thank you enough for all your love.’

Nora, who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly and had learning difficulties, disappeared from her resort on Sunday, 4 August.

Hundreds of people were involved in the search and rescue operation and it was volunteer helpers who found her body.

The teenager’s parents, Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin, a French-Irish couple who have lived in London for 20 years, had thanked those looking for her as fundraising pages set up by Nora’s aunt and uncle collected more than £100,000 from well-wishers.

Nora’s father Sebastien Quoirin arrived at the morgue on Tuesday to identify his daughter’s body (Picture: AFP/Getty)
On Monday, Meabh Quoirin, made an emotional statement at a news conference in Seremban, where she said the family’s hearts were ‘breaking’ (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday that Nora’s body was winched by helicopter to a hospital mortuary.

He added that the body ‘was not in any clothings’ and that while it remained a missing persons case police were looking into all possibilities including the ‘angle of criminal investigation’.

Following the confirmation that Nora’s body had been found, Irish premier Leo Varadkar said that the situation was ‘every family’s worst nightmare’.

He tweeted: ‘Our thoughts & sincere condolences are with Nora Quoirin’s parents, siblings & wider family at this unimaginably difficult time.

‘They have experienced every family’s worst nightmare. I’d like to pay tribute to everyone who searched for Nora. May she rest in peace.’

President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, and his wife Sabina offered their ‘deepest condolences’ to Nora’s parents, to her siblings and to her extended family.

The French Foreign Ministry also expressed its sincere condolences to Nora’s family.

Lawyer Sankara N. Nair spoke to media outside the hospital morgue in Seremban, Malaysia, on behalf of the family (Picture: AP)
Nora’s body was flown to hospital by helicopter after being discovered in jungle in Malaysia (Picture: AP)
More then 340 people including volunteers and military personnel joined the search for Nora over ten days (Picture: AFP/Getty)

The Quoirins had said Nora’s condition meant she was not independent and had difficulty walking. Her mother Meabh added Nora had been ‘vulnerable’ since the day she was born.

Search crews looking for the teenager had played her mother’s voice in the dense Malaysian forest near where she disappeared.

Police had said Nora, who was travelling on an Irish passport, was believed to have climbed out of her resort room window.

After Nora went missing, her family described her as a ‘very special person’ and said she would not have gone anywhere alone.

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