Teenage girl’s fam­ily mourn ‘un­bear­able’ loss, au­topsy con­ducted

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Malaysian au­thor­i­ties Wed­nes­day con­ducted a post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion on the body of a Franco-ir­ish teen found in the jun­gle af­ter she dis­ap­peared from a re­sort, as her fam­ily mourned the “un­bear­able” loss.

The un­clothed body of Nora Quoirin, 15, was dis­cov­ered Tues­day in a ravine in dense rain­for­est af­ter a 10-day hunt in­volv­ing hun­dreds of peo­ple, he­li­copters and snif­fer dogs.

She went miss­ing from the Dusun Re­sort, not far from Kuala Lumpur, on Au­gust 4, a day af­ter check­ing in for a hol­i­day with her Lon­don-based fam­ily.

Her fam­ily be­lieved the teen, who had learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, had been ab­ducted but po­lice clas­si­fied her dis­ap­pear­ance as a miss­ing per­son case.

Her body was air­lifted by he­li­copter out of the ravine – about 2.5 kilo­me­ters from the re­sort – af­ter which it was trans­ported to hos­pi­tal and iden­ti­fied by her rel­a­tives.

Medics be­gan con­duct­ing a post­mortem ex­am­i­na­tion on the body on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, as a me­dia scrum gathered at the hos­pi­tal in Serem­ban town, which was guarded by armed of­fi­cers.

The au­topsy took longer than ex­pected and was set to fin­ish in the evening, with po­lice say­ing the doc­tors had asked for ex­tra time.

Her rel­a­tives said that the school­girl was “at the heart of our fam­ily,” in a state­ment re­leased by The Lu­cie Black­man Trust, a UK char­ity that sup­ports rel­a­tives of Bri­tish peo­ple miss­ing over­seas.

“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.” Af­ter meet­ing the girl’s par­ents, fam­ily lawyer Sankara N. Nair said they hoped “the au­thor­i­ties will in­ves­ti­gate the death of their lov­ing daugh­ter thor­oughly and explore all an­gles that caused her death.”

The body was found un­clothed but au­thor­i­ties have not said if there were any signs of in­jury.

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