Questions Raised Over Nora Quoirin's Death As Postmortem Delayed
Questions into the death of British teenager Nora Quoirin in Malaysia are yet to be answered, with a postmortem not yet able to determine a definitive cause of death.
Nora's body was found unclothed in the Malaysian jungle in a deep ravine, about 2.5km from the Dusan resort where she had been staying with her parents. She had been missing for 10 days.
The area where Nora's body was found had previously been searched by rescuers, leading her parents Sebastian and Meabh to reportedly question whether her body had been dumped at the spot, according to the Daily Mail.
A postmortem examination has yet to determine a cause of death and is expected to continue until Thursday.
Sebastian and Meabh believe their daughter had been kidnapped, as her neurological disorder meant she never went "anywhere by herself". They said her condition made her "very vulnerable".
Police in Malaysia had been treating her disappearance as a missing person's case. However, national deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor told reporters they were looking into all possible angles, including the "angle of criminal investigation".
France has opened a criminal probe into her death, reports Reuters. French prosecutors regularly launch investigations on cases involving French nationals abroad; Nora's father is French, while her mother is Irish.
"Nora has brought people together, especially from France, Ireland, Britain and Malaysia, united in their love and support for her and her family," Nora's parents said in a statement released on their behalf by the Lucie Blackman Trust.
"She has truly touched the whole world. To all our friends and family at home, we can't thank you enough for all your love."
The statement continued: "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 trust additionally asked for "an end to speculation", and to let the family "grieve in peace" while the investigation continues.
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