Grieving parents say girl's death in Malaysian jungle remains suspicious

Grieving parents say girl's death in Malaysian jungle remains suspicious

The family of a teenager who died in Malaysia after disappearing on a family holiday said they hope to have "more answers to our many questions".

Mohamad Mat Yusop, the police chief of Negeri Sembilan state where Nora Quoirin died, told AFP her remains would be repatriated to London where she had lived with her family.

National deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor told a news conference her body "was not in any clothing", and was found by volunteers registered with the rescue team on Tuesday afternoon (local time) in an area that had previously been searched.

Starvation and stress. What a nightmarish way for 15-year-old Nora Quoirin to die, alone and confused in the Malaysian jungle.

In a statement released by the Lucie Blackman Trust, Nora's family said: 'The initial post-mortem results have given some information that help us to understand Nora's cause of death.

Quoirin disappeared from her family's resort cottage at Dusun on August 4, just one day after the family had arrived.

The following day when her parents went to check on Nora, who has learning and physical difficulties, wasn't in her room and her window was wide open.

He said they are awaiting DNA and toxicology tests to rule out any other person being involved in her disappearance.

"For the time being, there is no element of abduction or kidnapping", he said yesterday. "For me, that's absurd", Mr Quoirin said.

Quoirin's official cause of death has been attributed to upper gastrointestinal bleeding due to duodenal ulcer complicated by perforation, believed to have been caused by an ulcer which was brought on by starvation.

NORA QUOIRIN'S grandfather believes there are "dark areas that need to be cleared up for the family to be able to grieve in peace".

On Wednesday, the Paris prosecutor's office announced it had opened a preliminary investigation into the teen's death on potential charges of kidnapping and sequestration, the AP reports.

In their first statement since the autopsy was completed, the family said: "Our handsome innocent girl died in extremely complex circumstances and we are hoping that soon we will have more answers to our many questions".

They also thanked searchers, saying "Nóra is at the heart of our family. We will always love our Nora".

Samples taken from her body will be sent to a chemistry department for further analysis, he said.

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