Nora Anne Quoirin’s body has been positively identified by her parents. (AP: The Lucie Blackman Trust/family)
Malaysian doctors have conducted an autopsy to determine the cause of death of a 15-year-old London teenager whose naked body was found nine days after she disappeared from a nature resort.
- It is not clear how long the body had been in the forest or why rescuers had earlier missed it
- Officials said the investigation into the teen’s death includes possible criminal aspects
- Her family had earlier said she was not independent and would not wander off alone
Nora Anne Quoirin’s body was discovered on Tuesday (local time) beside a small stream about 2.5 kilometres from the Dusun eco-resort in the southern Negeri Sembilan state of Malaysia, where she went missing on August 4.
The body was airlifted to a hospital, where she was positively identified by her parents.
On Wednesday, Ms Quoirin’s family thanked the rescue team of more than 350 people who helped search for the teenager, who had learning and physical disabilities.
The body was airlifted to hospital, with a post-mortem conducted shortly afterwards. (Reuters: Lim Huey Teng)
“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,” the family said in a brief statement issued by the Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity that helps families of Britons in crisis overseas.
“We will always love our Nora,” they said.
The teen’s family, including her mother and father, pictured, said she was not independent. (AP: The Royal Malaysia Police)
Police said a medical team including a senior pathologist from Kuala Lumpur conducted a post-mortem on Wednesday to find out how she died.
Local media reported that a forensic team also went back to the area where the body was found to comb for evidence.
Police did not say how long the body had been there or why rescuers apparently missed it earlier in the search operation.
Police from Ireland, France and the UK are in Malaysia to assist in the investigation.
Ms Quoirin’s family arrived on August 3 for a two-week stay at the Dusun, a small resort located in a durian orchard next to a forest reserve 63 kilometres south of Kuala Lumpur.
Police believe the teen climbed out through a window in the living room of the family’s resort cottage.
They listed her as a missing person but said the investigation included possible criminal aspects.
The teenager’s family had earlier said she was not independent and would not wander off alone, and as such was likely to have been abducted.
Sankara Nair, a Malaysian lawyer hired by the family, said on Wednesday that the family hoped police would investigate possible foul play in her death.
If the autopsy fails to determine how she died, he said the government could hold an inquest later on to identify the cause of death.
The discovery of Ms Quoirin’s body comes days after Malaysian rescuers stepped up the search to find the 15-year-old by playing voice recordings of her mother as they combed the hilly forest terrain of the resort.