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'People are devastated and heartbroken': Nóra Quoirin mourned as autopsy reveals no evidence of violence

The family’s lawyer has said it is too early to rule out a criminal element in the case.

Image: Lucie Blackman Trust/Family

Updated Aug 15th 2019, 10:30 PM

MALAYSIAN POLICE HAVE said that the results of an autopsy indicate that there was “no violence, abduction or foul play” involved in the death of Irish teenager Nóra Quoirin.

At a press conference given at Negeri Sembilan Police HQ just before 2pm local time (7am Irish time), the police said that the cause of death was internal bleeding in her intestine which was likely caused by hunger or “extreme stress”.

“For the time being, there is no suspicion of foul play,” Negeri Sembilan state police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop told reporters.

The schoolgirl is believed to have died two to three days before her body was found, he said. 

The lawyer of her family, who believe she may have been abducted, later said it is too early to rule out a criminal element in the case.

The French lawyer, Charles Morel, told AFP that “at this stage for the family, it is premature to rule out a criminal element”. 

We need to wait to find out all the results from the autopsy to know more. 

Since her disappearance on Sunday 4 August, hundreds of police and volunteers searched the jungle next to the Dusun resort where the teenager had been staying with her family.

On Tuesday, the body of the 15-year-old was found in a ravine about 2km from the resort.

Her body was airlifted by helicopter out of the ravine and transported to a hospital in Seremban town where her relatives identified her. 

‘We will always love her’ 

Her Irish mother Meabh and French father Sebastien paid tribute to their daughter in a statement released through the Lucie Blackman Trust yesterday.

“Nóra 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. 

“We will always love our Nóra.”

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Friends and neighbours of the family, who live in London, have come together to grieve. 

“The loss of Nóra is like a great wound in the parish, she was loved by everybody,” Fr Marcus Holden, parish priest at Nóra’s local church in London, said.

“Her absence is like a great loss and people are devastated and heartbroken about all this,” he told RTÉ News.

Contains reporting from Órla Ryan and © AFP 2019  

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