Seremban (Malaysia) (AFP)
Malaysian authorities on Wednesday conducted an autopsy on the body of the Franco-Irish teenager found Tuesday in the jungle after disappearing from a hotel complex near Seremban in southwestern Malaysia.
The naked corpse of Fifteen-year-old Nora Quoirin was discovered Tuesday in a small stream at the bottom of a ravine in the jungle after ten days of intense research involving hundreds of people, helicopters and dogs. The authorities did not say whether he was showing signs of injury.
The teenager, suffering from a slight mental handicap, disappeared on the night of August 3-4, just after arriving with her family living in London, for a holiday in the resort Dusun Resort.
It is about 70 km south of Kuala Lumpur, on the edge of the jungle near Seremban, the state capital of Negeri Sembilan. A window had been found open in the pavilion where the family resided.
The police continued Tuesday to treat this case as a case of disappearance, while the girl's relatives spoke in recent days of the assumption of kidnapping.
A helicopter on Tuesday transported the discovered body about 2.5 km from the hotel complex to a hospital where Nora Quoirin's parents were able to identify him.
Doctors began the autopsy Wednesday morning in a Seremban hospital assaulted by the media and protected by police. She was still going in the evening.
Nora Quoirin's parents said the girl was "at the heart of their family," in a statement released by the Lucie Blackman Trust, a British organization that assists families of missing persons abroad.
"She is the most honest, the most adorable girl and we love her more than anything, the pain caused by her disappearance is unbearable, our hearts are broken," the statement said.
"We will always love our Nora."
- "Daughter darling" -
After meeting with Nora's parents, the family's lawyer, Sankara N. Nair, said they hoped "the authorities will thoroughly investigate the death of their darling daughter and explore all the possible explanatory issues. his death".
Police had examined fingerprints on the window left open as well as testimonies of villagers who reported hearing a truck early in the morning of the teenager's disappearance.
A group of volunteers involved in the search discovered the body after information from an inhabitant to the authorities, in the area where the official operations were conducted and where the teams had already passed.
The family had offered Monday a reward of 50,000 ringgits (11,900 dollars), funded by a company in Belfast, for any information.
According to her parents, Nora was "absolutely not" used to running away.
She had holoprosencephaly, which meant she had a smaller brain than normal, a limited speech and was able to write only a few words.
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