Published: Fri, August 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

'No suspicion of foul play' in Franco-Irish teen's death: Malaysian police

'No suspicion of foul play' in Franco-Irish teen's death: Malaysian police

A vulnerable Franco-Irish teen who disappeared from a Malaysian rainforest resort died from internal bleeding due to starvation and stress, but there is no suspicion of foul play, police said Thursday.

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

Police said the 15-year-old was believed to have been dead for up to three days when her body was found on Tuesday.

A police chief told The Times: 'Police will take action against those who spread rumours and false news'.

Sebastian and Meabh believe their daughter had been kidnapped, as her neurological disorder meant she never went "anywhere by herself".

Nora's parents - French dad Sebastien, 47, and Northern Irish mum Meabh, 45 - stated: 'We love her infinitely. "The cruelty of her being taken away is unbearable", the family said in a brief statement issued by the Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity that helps families of Britons in crisis overseas. "Our hearts are broken", it read.

Describing how the teenager had "truly touched the world" after her disappearance sparked a huge search operation involving around 350 people, her family said: "Nora is at the heart of our family". She was found lying down with her head resting on her hands.

State fire and rescue department assistant director Ahmad Mukhlis Mokhtar tells journalists: "Previously, our detective canines had spotted footprints, but when we conducted a search there, we couldn't find her".

Matthew Searle, CEO of the Lucie Blackman Trust yesterday asked people not to speculate as to what happened to the young girl. "Let the family grieve in peace".

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

"She is so precious to us and our hearts are breaking".

Father George Harrison, who held the service at the Church of Visitation, said he prayed with the couple and gave them a blessing.

They listed her as a missing person but said the investigation included possible criminal aspects.

Mike Reeves said: "The Garratt Park School community is deeply shocked and saddened by this very bad news".

A family photo of London teenager Nora Quoirin.

Police say they are analysing unidentified fingerprints found in the family's hotel suite. Mr. Yusop said she had not eaten any food and this was a factor in her death.

Sankara N Nair, lawyer for the family, said they "expect the police to do a thorough investigation into the incident, including criminal angles".

Search crews looking for the teenager played her mother's voice in the dense Malaysian forest near where she disappeared.

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