The family of a 15-year-old Irish teen who was found dead nine days after she disappeared from a Malaysian forest resort claimed her body on Saturday and are hoping to find answers to their many questions about her death.
The family have dismissed “unhelpful” speculation about her disappearance.
Police have ruled out foul play, saying the autopsy showed that Nora Anne Quoirin died of intestinal bleeding due to starvation and stress. Police said there was no evidence that she was abducted or raped.
Nora’s family has said she wasn’t independent and wouldn’t wander off alone because she had learning and physical disabilities. Police believe the teen climbed out of a window in the living room of the cottage.
The girl’s mother is from Ireland and her father is French, but the family has lived in London for 20 years. The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened a preliminary investigation into the girl’s death on possible charges of kidnapping and sequestration. French authorities often open such investigations when French citizens are victims or involved in suspected crimes abroad.
Nora’s body was found on Tuesday beside a small stream about 2.5km from the Dusun eco-resort after she went missing on Aug 4 from her family’s resort cottage.
Police said she had been dead two to three days when the body was found.
Her family said they are still struggling to understand the events leading to her death.
On Saturday, the family claimed her body and was preparing to fly back to London. The family, including her brother and sister, arrived on Aug 3 for a two-week stay at the Dusun, a small resort about 39km south of Kuala Lumpur. Nora, who had a neurological disorder that limited her speech and coordination, was barefoot and in underwear when she went missing.