Authorities 'should retain open mind' about cause of Nora Quoirin death

Belfast lord mayor John Finucane signs the book of condolence for Nóra Quoirin at Belfast City Hall

Malaysian police have said there is no evidence of foul play in the death of Irish-French teenager Nora Anne Quoirin.

At a press conference yesterday afternoon, Mohamad had stated that the post-mortem conducted on the teenager, found that she had died from upper gastrointestinal bleeding caused possibly by starvation and prolonged stress.

"The cause of death was due to ruptured intestines, which could be because she had no food for a long period and also long-term stress", he told reporters, adding that foul play was ruled out and there was no sign she was sexually assaulted.

She is believed to have died two to three days after disappearing, he said.

She had sustained no injuries to her body aside from a few scratches and a bruise to her leg, which were not contributing factors in her death, he said.

The family of the missing 15-year-old girl positively identified a naked body found near the nature resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state, Malaysia.

Quoirin's body was found in a deep ravine about 2.5 kilometres from the Dusun resort, where she had disappeared a day after her family arrived for a holiday on August 3.

This was echoed by Mr Morel who said: "The family still finds it hard to understand that she would have gone into the jungle on her own".

French authorities said on Wednesday they had opened a criminal investigation into Quoirin's case for kidnapping on August 9.

Police from Ireland, France and the United Kingdom are in Malaysia to assist in the investigation.

Meanwhile, checks at the forensics medicine department at Hospital Tuanku Ja'afar in Seremban this morning found that Nora Anne's body has yet to be claimed by the family.

Nora's father Sebastien (47) and mother Meabh (45), who is originally from Belfast, were informed of the results before they were made public.

In a statement released on Wednesday by The Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity that supports relatives of British people missing overseas, her relatives said she was the "heart" of the family. The cruelty of her being taken away is unbearable.

Police believe she climbed out through an open window in the living room of the cottage but said they were investigated all aspects including possible criminal elements.

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