The 15-year-old schoolgirl’s body was found earlier today beside a small stream 1.6 miles from the eco-resort in Dusun where she went missing, as the search for her entered its tenth day.
She was discovered in an area described as “inaccessible” that had previously been searched, according to Malaysia’s Deputy Inspector General of Police Mazn Mazlan, MailOnline reported.
A post-mortem will be carried out tomorrow morning by a senior pathologist from Kuala Lumpur.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said 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.
He said: “On behalf of the people of Ireland, I would also like to express my gratitude for the assistance given by the Malaysian authorities in the search for Nora, for the volunteers who answered the call to join the search and for all those throughout Malaysia, Ireland, Britain and France who offered what support they could.
“Our thoughts and prayers are now with Nora’s family, at this most difficult time.”
The discovery of the body comes as 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.
Nora, who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly, vanished from the cottage at the resort she and her family were staying the day after she arrived in Malaysia on Sunday, August 4.
Nora was reported missing after her dad discovered she was not in her bedroom around 8am.
The window was also open in the room that Nora had been sharing with her two siblings.
Volunteer hikers and even a shaman were among those taking part in the search for Nora.
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