Nora Quoirin’s family say their ‘hearts are broken’

The family of teenager Nora Quoirin, whose body was found in Malaysia, have said their “hearts are broken”.

The 15-year-old’s body was discovered beside a small stream close to from the jungle resort of Dusun, on Tuesday.

It followed a large-scale operation to find the London teenager, who disappeared from the resort on Sunday August 4 while on holiday with her family.

A statement from her family said: “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. She has truly touched the whole world.

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

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.”

A post-mortem is due to take place on Wednesday to determine how teenager Nora died after her body was found yesterday.

Police in Malaysia said the body – later confirmed to be Nora’s by her family – was found by volunteers who were helping the search team.

Deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor told reporters at a press conference the remains were 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”.

Nora’s mother made a heartfelt appeal on Monday to find her as a £10,000 reward – donated by an anonymous Belfast business – was offered for information leading to her safe return.

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.

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