Malaysia conducts autopsy to find cause of UK teenager’s death

SEREMBAN, Malaysia (AP) – Malaysian doctors conducted an autopsy yesterday to determine the cause of death of a 15-year-old London teen whose naked body was found nine days after she mysteriously disappeared from a nature resort.

Nora Anne Quoirin’s body was discovered on Tuesday beside a small stream about 2.5 kilometres from the Dusun eco-resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state, where she went missing on August 4. The body was airlifted to a hospital, where she was positively identified by her parents.

Her family yesterday thanked the rescue team of more than 350 people who helped search for the girl, who has learning and physical disabilities.

“Nora is at the heart of our family. 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,” the family said in a brief statement issued by the Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity that helps families of Britons in crisis overseas.

“We will always love our Nora,” they said.

Police said a medical team including a senior pathologist from Kuala Lumpur conducted a post-mortem yesterday to find out how she died. Local media reported that a forensic team also went back to the area where the body was found to comb for evidence. Police didn’t say how long the body had been there or why rescuers apparently missed it earlier in the search operation.

Police from Ireland, France and the United Kingdom (UK) are in Malaysia to assist in the investigation. The girl’s mother is from Ireland and her father is French, but the family has lived in London for 20 years.

Quoirin’s family arrived on August 3 for a two-week stay at the Dusun located in a durian orchard next to a forest reserve.

People outside the forensic department of the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital. PHOTO: AFP