No foul play in Nora Quoirin death

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Nora Quoirin went missing on 4 August

A teenager found dead in Malaysia after vanishing from a family holiday died from internal bleeding probably caused by prolonged hunger and stress, a post-mortem has revealed.

Nora Quoirin’s body was found beside a stream about 1.6 miles (2.5km) from the jungle resort of Dusun on Tuesday.

Malaysian Police said there was no suspicion of abduction or foul play.

The 15-year-old’s body was discovered following a 10-day search after she disappeared on 4 August.

The teenager died two or three days before she was found, police believe.

Nora was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder which affects brain development, and had been described by her family as vulnerable.

Her parents had previously said they didn’t believe she would have wandered off alone and suspected she had been abducted.

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Rescuers found Nora’s body near to the Dusun resort

Negeri Sembilan state police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop, said: “For the time being, there is no element of abduction or kidnapping.”

He said: “The cause of death was upper gastrointestinal bleeding due to duodenal ulcer, complicated with perforation.”

Further analysis would be carried out on samples taken from her body, he said, adding that Nora’s family was free to take her home.

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Media captionVolunteer searchers in Malaysia describe how they found the body of Nora Quoirin

Speaking after her body was found, Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin, Nora’s Irish-French parents, said their “hearts are broken” and paid tribute to their daughter as “the truest, most precious girl”.

They said Nora, who lived in London, had “truly touched the world” after her disappearance sparked a huge search operation in Malaysia and good wishes from across the globe.

A book of condolence was opened on Wednesday in Belfast, where Mrs Quoirin is from.

Nora Quoirin disappearance: Timeline

  • 3 August: The Quoirins arrive at the Dusun forest eco-resort
  • 4 August: Nora disappears from her room
  • 5 August: The Lucie Blackman Trust says Malaysian police are treating Nora’s disappearance as a potential abduction, but officers deny any foul play is involved
  • 6 August: Nora’s family say they believe she has been abducted
  • 11 August: Malaysian police set up a hotline dedicated to receiving information about teenager
  • 12 August: A reward of £10,000 – donated by an anonymous Belfast business – is made available for information leading to Nora’s safe return
  • 13 August: A body is found in the search for Nora

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