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Malaysia conducts autopsy to find cause of death of British teen

SEREMBAN, Malaysia: Malaysian doctors conducted an autopsy Wednesday 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 39 kilometers away from capital Kuala Lumpur.

Nora Anne Quoirin’s body was discovered Tuesday beside a small stream about 2.5 kilometers from the Dusun eco-resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state, where she went missing on Aug. 4.

This undated photo released by The Lucie Blackman Trust/Family shows Nora Anne Quoirin. Malaysian police said Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2019, the family of the missing 15-year-old London girl positively identified a naked body found near the nature resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state, Malaysia, where she disappeared over a week ago. (The Lucie Blackman Trust/Family via AP)


The body was airlifted to a hospital, where she was positively identified by her parents.

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

“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 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 Nóra,” they said.

Police said a medical team including a senior pathologist from Kuala Lumpur conducted a post-mortem Wednesday 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 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.

AP

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