Malaysian rescuers on Tuesday found a body in the dense forest believed to be British teenager Nora Quoirin, who went missing more than a week ago.
“At this time we cannot confirm it is Nora. However it sadly seems likely,” said the Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity that helps the families of Britons in crisis overseas.
Malaysian officials said the “white skin” body was still intact and a police forensic and pathology team was working on identifying it.
“We have not confirmed whose body it is,” local police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop told reporters.
The 15-year-old Londoner with learning disabilities went missing on Aug. 4 during a family vacation to the Dusun eco-resort in Seremban.
Police believe the teen climbed out through a window that was left open and treated her as a missing person — while not ruling out a possible criminal element.
Her family believes she was abducted, because she would not have wandered off on her own.
Tuesday’s discovery came the day after Nora’s mother, Meabh Quoirin, made an emotional appeal for help — and an anonymous Belfast-based business offered a reward of almost $12,000.
“Nora is our first child. She has been vulnerable since the day she was born. She is so precious to us and our hearts are breaking,” her mother said.
Nearly 350 people were involved in the massive search operation that included sniffer dogs, elite commando forces and thermal detectors.
Police from Ireland, France and the UK also assisted in support of her parents, with mom Meabh originally from Ireland and dad Sebastien Quoirin from France.
“All at the Lucie Blackman Trust are thinking of the family and continue to support them as they come to terms with this news,” the charity said.