The dead body of a 15-year-old girl has been found who went missing in Malaysia during holidays. The teenager named Nora Quoirin went on missing from her room at the Dusun resort on 4 August.

On Tuesday, Malaysian police confirmed that the rescuers had discovered a body near where Nora was reported missing. Missing person charity the Lucie Blackman Trust said they could not identify the body but they were likely to be the teenager from London.

About 350 people started searching for Nora in dense jungle near the resort. The body was found just over 2 km away from Dusun, said Howard Johnson, a BBC correspondent. State police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop said officials are working hard to find out whether the body was of Nora.

The police are treating the case as a missing case, however, her family members have claimed that she must have been kidnapped. 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”.

Her parents, a French-Irish couple used to live in London for 20 years. On Monday, they announced a 50,000 Malaysian ringgit (£10,000) reward for help to find her. They also said that their daughter is “so precious” to them and added their “hearts are breaking”.

The couple along with their daughter Nora and other two children went to resort in a nature reserve near Seremban, about 39 miles south of Kuala Lumpur, on 3 August for a two-week stay.

In a statement, the Lucie Blackman Trust said: “We can confirm a body has been found in the search for Nora Quoirin.

“At this time we cannot confirm it is Nora. However, it sadly seems likely. Investigations are underway to confirm identity and cause of death.”

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