Malaysian police certain they have found body of missing Irish girl

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A Malaysian shaman joined police from Ireland, France and the United Kingdom on Monday in the search for a 15 -year-old London girl who mysteriously vanished from a nature resort eight days ago, as her parents offered a cash reward and appealed for information.

Fifteen-year-old Nora Anne Quoirin, who had suffered learning difficulties, was reported missing on August 4 after her family arrived at the Dusun rainforest resort in Seremban, about 70 km (44 miles) south of the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

"We think we have found a body, but we need to confirm it is her. However it sadly seems likely", he said. Investigations are under way to confirm identity and cause of death. Get it for your iPhone here.

According to The Mirror, Negri Sembilan police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop has confirmed the body found is that of the missing teenager.

The Lucie Blackman Trust, which is handling media enquiries for the family, says that it can not confirm that it is Nóra but that it is likely.

Mohamed said Quoirin was "not in any clothing" when her body was discovered by a member of the search and rescue team.

Around 350 people have been involved in the search in the nearby rainforest since she disappeared.

Nora was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly and has special needs.

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At the weekend, her mother Meabh had fought back tears as she made an emotional speech thanking the search team, with the girl's French father Sebastien by her side.

Yesterday, her mother Meabh Jaseprine Quoirin, 46, offered an RM50,000 reward for any information leading to her return.

Police also disclosed yesterday that two police officers from the United Kingdom and another officer from Ireland have arrived here to assist local authorities.

"She has been vulnerable since the day she was born", said a family statement.

The 12-acre (five-hectare) resort where the teenager disappeared from is next to a patch of thick jungle and in the foothills of a mountain range.

"Nóra would not know how to get help and would never leave her family voluntarily", her aunt wrote in the appeal.

The girl's disappearance had baffled investigators, who had initially struggled to find concrete evidence pointing to her potential whereabouts despite expanding the search to surrounding creeks and valleys and deploying sniffer dogs to pick up her scent.