Missing teen’s body completely naked
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The cause of teenager Nora Quoirin's death is still a mystery after a post-mortem examination proved inconclusive today and will continue tomorrow, police have revealed.
The 15-year-old's naked remains were discovered by hikers yesterday near an isolated jungle waterfall in Malaysia nine days after she vanished from the resort where she was staying.
The initial post-mortem results will give no comfort to Nora's parents who are desperate for answers over their beloved daughter's death, amid claims she could have been abducted and her body dumped later.
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Parents Meabh, 45, and Sebastien, 47, identified the body as that of their missing eldest daughter and later paid an emotional tribute.
It comes as:
• Hikers who found Nora's remains say "she looked like she was sleeping";
• Her family demands to know whether her body was dumped in a ravine;
• Cops admit they may have missed her on the first search of the Malaysian jungle; and
• A volunteer believes her body must have been moved as it was left out in the open.
The devastating discovery came more than a week after Nora went missing on August 4.
Four pathologists have been working on the examination of her body but are yet to determine her cause of death.
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Two investigators from the OCRVP are in Malaysia and have joined with police officers from France and Ireland.
A lawyer representing the family in France told French newspaper Le Parisien that the parents filed a complaint "for kidnapping" and were convinced Nora's disappearance was of "criminal" origin.
Nora's parents are also asking questions as to why police may have initially missed her body and if it could have been moved there at a later date.
A volunteer hiker who was part of a group of who found the body said it must have been dumped there after an initial sweep by search parties failed to spot it.
Local media reported that a forensic team also went back to the area where the body was found to comb for evidence.
Paying tribute to the teenager who had "truly touched the world", her family said: "The cruelty of her being taken away is unbearable. Our hearts are broken."
Police say they will provide another update outside the hospital tomorrow morning.
Speaking outside Tuanku Jaafar Hospital, Negri Sembilan police deputy chief SAC Che Zakaria Othman said: "Since the four-member team are still carrying out their work, there is nothing we can say for the moment.
"So we will only make an official announcement tomorrow."
Earlier today, prosecutors in France began a probe into whether Nora was kidnapped before her body was found in the jungle.
The 15-year-old's dad is French.
The probe is being handled by the OCRVP division of the Police Nationale, which is responsible for fighting serious and organised crime, judicial sources told Franceinfo.com.
The family's spokesman, Matthew Searle, of the Lucie Blackman Trust, said they still had "a large amount of questions".
He said: "One of those questions is, has the body been there all the time or is there a criminal involvement? Was the body dumped there afterwards?"
The body was found in an area that had previously been searched, admitted Malaysia's Deputy Inspector General of Police Mazn Mazlan.
It is understood Nora had been wearing underwear when she went missing - but police said when she was found she was "completely naked".
A volunteer taking part in the search, Sean Yeap, revealed that the body had not been covered in any foliage.
He also commented that if the police and volunteers had walked through the area she would have been spotted as it was one of the areas first searched.
He told the MailOnline: "I think maybe she was elsewhere and could have walked to the stream perhaps to drink some water."
Mr Mazlan confirmed a criminal investigation was still ongoing alongside a missing persons inquiry.
He said he could not comment on whether someone else could have been involved in the tragedy or whether Nora had suffered any injuries.
'WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE OUR NORA'
A statement from the devastated family thanked everyone who had helped search and tried their best to find their daughter.
They said: "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.
"To all our friends and family at home, we can't thank you enough for all your love.
"Nora is at the heart of our family. She is the truest, most precious girl and we love her infinitely.
"We will always love our Nora."
Nora's parents visited the site where her body was found and later identified her body at the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital at around 7pm local time after it was taken there by helicopter.
The family's lawyer, Sankara Nair, said to media yesterday that the family was "distraught and highly traumatised".
The officer who has been leading the hunt, Datuk Mazlan Mansor, earlier said Nora's body was discovered in a stream running through a ravine "and she was found completely naked".
He said the area had already been searched but a group of volunteers helping with the hunt came across the body after being tipped off.
"The stream was about 1.2km deep in the ravine," he said.
The teenager was discovered missing from her bedroom at the Dusun eco-resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state on the morning of Sunday, August 4, with the window left open.
Her parents have always insisted their daughter, who was born with a debilitating brain condition, wouldn't have wandered off alone, so they believed she was abducted.
She was on family holiday with her sister Innes, 12, and brother Maurice, 8, at the time of her disappearance.
A volunteer searcher told the MailOnline that Nora had told her parents she was "excited" about seeing a waterfall.
Nora's parents are an Irish-French couple who have lived in London for about 20 years.
The teen had only arrived the day earlier with her parents and two siblings at the resort - in a nature reserve near Seremban, 63 kilometres south of the capital Kuala Lumpur.
It was the start of a two-week "trip of a lifetime", a family friend said.
Nora's parents discovered her missing from her room at the Dusun resort last Sunday morning after putting her to bed the night before wearing only her undergarments.
The Dusun is a five-hectare orchard resort next to the Berembun Forest Reserve - 1619 hectares of protected virgin forest rising to 1189 metres.
There are two small villages near the resort where the majority of residents work in farming of the local land.
Nearly 350 people were involved in a massive search operation that included sniffer dogs, elite commando forces and thermal detectors.
Shamans were even brought in to pray for her safe return, and video footage showed them praying cross-legged on the jungle floor.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission