Missing teenager Nora Quoirin survived in the Malaysian jungle for a week before she died from internal injuries caused by starvation, according to the results of her post-mortem examination.
The tragic teenager, who went missing from a holiday resort on August 4, died from “intestinal bleeding, likely from prolonged hunger and stress,” medical examiners found.
Malaysian police said the 15-year-old had been dead for two or three days when she was found, meaning she managed to survive alone in the jungle for a week.
The post-mortem results raise the devastating prospect for Nora’s parents Sebastien and Meabh that their daughter might have been saved had rescuers got to her in time.
Negeri Sembilan state police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop added that there was no evidence she had been kidnapped or sexually assaulted.
“For the time being, there is no element of abduction or kidnapping,” he told a news conference at the hospital morgue.
“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 said.
The police chief said there were also some bruises on the girl’s legs but wouldn’t cause her death, and said samples taken from her body will be sent to the chemistry department for further analysis.
He added that Nora’s family can take her body home following the examination.
The London schoolgirl disappeared from the jungle resort of Dusun and was missing for 10 days
Her body was found near a waterfall a mile away from the resort where she was reported missing. She was said to have been excited about visiting the waterfall.
Nora’s parents said on Wednesday that they hoped the post-mortem would provide answers on how the teen died following the discovery of her body in the jungle.
Their representatives said they had “questions” following the search teams finding the teen and the examination would guide their next course of action.
According to The Star in Malaysia, the family has taken on a lawyer to represent them, who indicated he may push for an inquest following the post-mortem.
“The family expects the police to do a thorough investigation into the incident, including criminal angles,” their lawyer, Sankara N Nair, said, according to the Irish Times.
Her relatives yesterday described the youngster, who was born with a rare genetic condition, as “the truest, most precious girl”.
A statement said: “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.
“We would like to thank all the people that have been searching for Nora and trying their best to find her.
“We thank the local people here and those far and wide for their prayers and support at this time.
“Nora has brought people together, especially from France, Ireland, Britain and Malaysia, united in their love and support for her and her family.
After the search concluded, a hiker has described how Nora looked “like she was sleeping” when she was discovered lying close to a stream.
Sean Yeap, a volunteer taking part in the search for the Irish-French teen, told Mail Online: “It looked like she was sleeping. Her head was resting on her hands. But we all knew she was dead.”
He detailed that that Nora’s body was not hidden or covered over with foliage, which could raise questions over why teams that had previously searched the area were unable to find her.
Mr Yeap, an insurance salesman, believes search teams passing through the area would have found it, had it been there and said: “The place where she was found is not easy to find.
“I wonder if she had been following the stream as there were no footprints which means she could have been walking in the water as it was not very deep.”
Belfast Lord Mayor John Finucane opened a book of condolence at city hall on Wednesday.
He was the first to sign the book in a show of solidarity with the family. Her mother, Meabh, is from the Northern Irish city.
The mayor said: “This is a story that has resonated with and struck home in Belfast.
“It is heartbreaking. I don’t think this is something that would be easily dealt with in any circumstance but the fact that they are so far away from home in Malaysia.