Nora Quoirin's body was found near a waterfall in Malaysia on the second time the area was searched, it was revealed today.
The unsuccessful first search will inevitably raise questions about why the British teen's naked body was not found sooner.
She was discovered around a mile from the eco-resort where she was staying with her family ten days after she went missing.
The area was described as 'inaccessible'. More than 350 searchers, including volunteers, cadaver dogs and a shaman had joined the hunt for the British schoolgirl, 15.
The body was found in an area that had previously been searched, said Malaysia's Deputy Inspector General of Police Mazn Mazlan.
Nora Quoirin's body was found near a waterfall in Malaysia on the second time the area was searched, it was revealed today
Nora's parents, Frenchman Sebastien, 47, and Irish woman Meabh, 45, faced the harrowing ordeal of identifying their daughter's body in the mortuary today.
She was found dead by a volunteer hiker before police were alerted and she was winched out of the jungle by a helicopter and flown to Serenbam hospital.
The teenager had told her family she was 'excited' to visit a waterfall when she arrived at the resort, a volunteer searcher told MailOnline.
Her body was found intact after forensics and a pathologist rushed to the scene when the police hotline was alerted today at around 2pm local time, police confirmed.
State Police chief Mohammed Yusop said earlier: 'I can confirm a body has been found in the Berembun mountains. It is not in an accessible place'.
Volunteers had 'followed the stream down the mountain' today before discovering the body near the waterfall in a place that was 'not accessible', police said.
Nora's body was found was found near a waterfall in Gunung Berembun in the Pantai Hills around a mile away from the resort
The body was found near Gunung Berembun in the Pantai Hills near the resort in Dusun
Relatives, including Nora's aunt Éadaoin Agnew (pictured), arrived at the hospital today to support the family
Rescue workers transport Nora's body by helicopter after the grim discovery
An autopsy will be carried out to determine the cause of death. Police would not comment if the teenager had any visible injuries.
More than 350 people were involved in the ten-day search in the jungle and river, using helicopters with thermal detectors, drones, sniffer dogs and shamans.
Hours before the body was found, volunteer Shirley Yap told MailOnline she was setting off to search around the waterfall having been told Nora was 'excited' to see the attraction.
She said: 'We had heard she was excited about seeing a waterfall when she arrived in the resort.
'We are going to look around that area and follow the stream down the mountain'.
Volunteer hikers, who found the body near Gunung Berembun in the Pantai Hills, were taken to Pantai police station to make statements.
Relatives, including Nora's aunt Éadaoin Agnew, arrived at the hospital today to support the Quoirin family.
Rescue teams searched in the jungle today before a body was found near a waterfall
The body of Nora was airlifted to hospital after being winched from the Malaysian jungle
Nora disappeared in the early hours of August 4. She was barefoot and wearing a night dress.
Her parents, who live in London, discovered Nora was missing at around 8am after finding a downstairs window open in their resort in Dusun.
Police confirmed it was still being classed as a missing persons case but that a criminal investigation was ongoing.
Police chief Yusop arrived in the back of a moped when the body was found as intense police activity surrounded the resort.
He was followed down the single track road by a car containing a member of the Irish embassy, while a French official stood at the perimeter.
Rescue workers carry Noar's body as it arrives at Seremban hospital, after she was found dead near a stream in the jungle surrounding the eco-resort
It comes after her parents offered a £10,000 reward for information that could lead to her safe return.
They made an emotional plea saying their 'hearts were breaking' as the reward money was announced.
In a statement, her mother said: '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. We are appealing to anyone who has information about Nora to help us find her.'
Family Nora arrive at a hospital morgue in Seremban after her body was found
Two rescue team members hold a deadly cobra found near a river during the search for Nora
An officer walks near a police tape at an entrance to the Dusun Resort where the teen went missing
The £10,000 reward - 50,000 in local Malaysian Ringgit currency - was donated by an anonymous businessman based in Belfast.
A large number of search and rescue personnel worked in energy-sapping hot and humid temperatures, hacking their way through the jungle vines and vegetation.
Searchers were left physically exhausted making their way step by step through the thick jungle vegetation.
It comes as local police refused to discuss what role they had, but it was likely to be on the criminal