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Tragic Nora Quoirin died of intestinal bleeding, postmortem shows 'no element of abduction or kidnapping'

Claire McNeilly

By Claire McNeilly

Police investigating the death of Irish teen Nora Quoirin in Malaysia have found no evidence of foul play.

Negeri Sembilan state police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop said on Thursday that the post-mortem examination had found no evidence that the teenager had been abducted or raped.

He said: “For the time being, there is no element of abduction or kidnapping.”

He said she had died from intestinal bleeding, most likely due to starvation and stress.

He added: “The cause of death was upper gastrointestinal bleeding due to duodenal ulcer, complicated with perforation … it could be due to a lack of food for a long period of time and due to prolonged stress.”

He added that there were some bruises on her legs but that these would not have caused her death.

Further analysis is due to be carried out on samples taken from her body, he said, adding that Nora’s family are now free to take her back home.

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Nora Quoirin’s parents Meabh and Sebastien shake hands with Malaysian police

The 15-year-old girl went missing on the first day of a family holiday in Malaysia.

The teenager - who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly and was described by her family as "vulnerable" - vanished without a trace from the villa in a nature reserve in Negri Sembilan shortly after she arrived on August 3.

Her body was discovered two days ago - 10 days after she went missing - close to a waterfall about 1.6 miles from the jungle resort of Dusun, where she had been on holiday with her parents, sister Innes (12) and brother Maurice (9).

A post-mortem examination into her death that began at 11am local time yesterday was halted at around 8pm.

Reacting to Nora's death, her father Sebastien (47) and mother Meabh (45) said that their hearts were "broken".

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Nora Quoirin

They made an emotional statement describing how the teenager with special needs had "truly touched the world" and they offered thanks to everyone involved in the search.

Nora Quoirin’s parents Meabh and Sebastien shake hands with Malaysian police
Nora Quoirin’s parents Meabh and Sebastien shake hands with Malaysian police
Nora Quoirin
Sean Yeap
Media gather at the hospital where Nora Quoirin's body was taken for identification

"Nora is at the heart of our family. She is the truest, most precious girl and we love her infinitely," they said.

"The cruelty of her being taken away is unbearable. Our hearts are broken."

They added: "Nora has brought people together, especially from France, Ireland, Britain and Malaysia, united in their love and support for her and her family."

Hundreds of people were involved in the search operation which came to a tragic end when volunteers discovered her body. She was found lying down with her head resting on her hands.

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Sean Yeap

Sean Yeap, a member of the search team, told the Daily Mail that she looked "as if she were sleeping".

He said that her body was not hidden or covered by anything, and added that two female members of the team broke down in tears when they found her.

Deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor said the body was found in an area that had previously been searched by rescuers. He also told a Press conference that the body "was not in any clothings" and that the probe was considering all possibilities, including the "angle of criminal investigation".

During the 10-day search fundraising pages set up by Nora's aunt and uncle raised more than £100,000.

Yesterday afternoon a book of condolence was opened at Belfast City Hall as a mark of respect to the Quoirin family. The young girl's body was formally identified by her parents at a hospital in the town of Seremban on Tuesday night.

Sankara N Nair, lawyer for the family, said they "expect the police to do a thorough investigation into the incident, including criminal angles".

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Media gather at the hospital where Nora Quoirin's body was taken for identification

He added that Nora's relatives are "highly traumatised following the loss of their child. They are in a state of shock".

Nora's grandfather Sylvain Quoirin, who is mayor of Venisy in north-central France, had previously said it was "unthinkable" for his granddaughter to have wandered off alone because of the severity of her learning difficulties.

Her condition meant she had limited verbal communication and could only write a few words.

She attended a school for young people with learning and communication difficulties in London.

Before Nora's body was found mum Meabh and dad Sebastien, who is French, attended Mass at the Catholic church in the city of Seremban, 10 miles from their holiday home.

Father George Harrison, who held the service at the Church of Visitation, said he prayed with the couple and gave them a blessing.

The deputy chief of Malaysia's police force Mazlan Mansor refused to confirm whether Nora had suffered any injuries or if anybody else may have been involved in her death.

He described Nora as "completely naked" but "intact" when she was found, adding it was too soon to determine how long her body had been at the scene.

Nora's parents, who have lived in London for 20 years, had previously expressed fears that she had been abducted and had put up a £10,000 reward for information.

They met at University of Ulster Magee Campus in 1993/1994 while Meabh was a second year student of international business communication and Sebastien was a French teaching assistant at the university.

The Dusun resort, located around 39 miles south of Kuala Lumpur, is nestled in the foothills of the Titiwangsa Mountains and borders the Berembun Forest Reserve.

The jungle is home to an array of potentially harmful animals, including snakes, insects, tigers and wild boar.

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