The family of Nora Quoirin say their ‘hearts are broken’ after the teenager’s body was found in Malaysia.
In an emotional statement, the devastated family also offered their thanks to those involved in the search for the 15-year-old.
A post-mortem is due to take place on Wednesday to determine Nora’s cause of death.
Nora’s body was discovered beside a small stream, about 2.5km from the jungle resort of Dusun, where she was on holiday with her family, on Tuesday.
Describing how the teenager had ‘truly touched the world’, her family said: ‘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.’
The statement added: ‘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.
‘To all our friends and family at home, we can’t thank you enough for all your love.’
Nora was born with a brain defect which her parents said meant she was not independent and had difficulty walking.
She disappeared on Sunday 4 August while on holiday with her family.
Hundreds of people were involved in the search and rescue operation and it was volunteer helpers who found her body.
The teenager’s parents, Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin, a French-Irish couple who have lived in London for 20 years, thanked those who took part in the search operation.
Our thoughts & sincere condolences are with Nóra 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.
— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) August 13, 2019
Following the confirmation that Nora’s body had been found, Irish premier Leo Varadkar said that the situation was ‘every family’s worst nightmare’.
He tweeted: ‘Our thoughts and 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.’