A post-mortem exam about tragic teenager Nora Quoirin has been delayed by at least one day, police in Malaysia said.
Chief Che Zakaria said Wednesday that despite eight hours of testing, doctors still couldn't be sure how the 15-year-old died and that the results would be announced on Thursday at the earliest.
Nora, 15, was missing in a Malaysian eco-resort while on vacation with her family on August 4 before her remains were found on Tuesday just 1.5 miles away.
Questions have been raised about the disappearance because the area where Nora was found had previously been searched without a sign from her before her body was discovered in full view.
It is also believed that she had disappeared in wearing underwear, but was found naked.
Parents Sebastien and Meabh now wonder if criminals have dumped the remains of Nora on the spot close to a river.
Nora Quoirin, 15, was found dead Tuesday in the Malaysian jungle, 10 days after she went missing during her family vacation. Doctors perform a post-mortem to find out how she died, but say the results will not be known until Thursday at the earliest
Sean Yeap, a volunteer who helped find Nora's body, said she was discovered with her head on her hands and looked like she was sleeping
Yeap also revealed that Nora's body was not hidden or covered with foliage, creating the prospect that her remains were moved after previous searches in the area could not find her
Meanwhile, Sean Yeap, a member of the search team that Nora found, theorized she was lost in another part of the jungle and walked to the river to get a drink before she collapsed.
However, that does not explain what happened to her clothing, which was not found.
Forensic teams were seen in the riverbed where Nora was on Wednesday, while officers said four pathologists were working on her body in an attempt to get answers.
& # 39; (The post-mortem) continues until further notice, & # 39; said chief Zakaria.
Officers say they still treat the case as an investigation into missing persons, but have opened a parallel criminal investigation.
When he talked to Nora online about the moment he saw Nora, Mr. Yeap said: “It seemed she was sleeping. Her head rested on her hands.
& # 39; But we all knew she was dead.
& # 39; It was very sad and two women in the group didn't want to come close and they started crying. & # 39;
& # 39; I think maybe she was somewhere else and maybe walked to the stream to drink some water.
& # 39; The place where it was found is not easy to find. I wonder if she had followed the stream because there were no footprints, which means she could have walked in the water because it wasn't very deep. & # 39;
Matthew Searle, a spokesperson for the Lucie Blackman Trust who helped the family with their search, said Nora & # 39; s parents & # 39; have a large number of questions & # 39 ;.
& # 39; One of those questions is whether the body has been around all this time or is there a criminal involvement? The body was then dumped, & he said.
A statement from the Nora family said: & We would like to thank all the people who have searched for Nóra and have done their best to find her.
& # 39; We thank the local people here and those who are far and wide for their prayers and support right now. Nóra has brought people together, especially from France, Ireland, Great Britain and Malaysia, united in their love and support for her and her family.
& # 39; She really touched the whole world. We cannot thank you enough for all your love for all our friends and family at home.
& # 39; Nóra is the core of our family. She is the most sincere, most precious girl and we love her infinitely. The cruelty that she is taken away is unbearable. Our hearts are broken. We will always love our Nóra. & # 39;
Mr. Yeap theorized that Nora might have walked to the waterfall (photo) before she collapsed, but her parents wondered if her body had been dumped by criminals
Mother Meabh and father Sebastien (photo in the middle left) have said they are deeply saddened after the discovery of the body of Nora and want to know if her remains have been dumped
Nora (photo) was discovered dead yesterday next to a waterfall that she had spoken excitedly about
The teen's body was formally identified Tuesday evening by her parents in a hospital in the city of Seremban.
Sankara N. Nair, family lawyer, said they & # 39; expect the police to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident, including criminal perspectives & # 39 ;.
Nair had previously said that the family did not insist on a criminal investigation, but now it appears that they are waiting for the autopsy results to decide how to proceed.
Nair added that the girl's family members & # 39; are very traumatized after losing their child. They are in a state of shock & # 39 ;.
The lawyer also urged the Malaysian police to accept an offer from French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to help investigate the circumstances of the death.
& # 39; It is a very good proposal, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I hope the police accept the help. & # 39;
Mr. Yeap, an insurance seller, was with a group of 24 experienced hikers who had left the resort in Dusun to search on the 10th day of the search for Nora, to volunteer with experienced search and rescue teams.
Under the leadership of team leader Kenny Chan, the men and women left to follow a path on a palm oil plantation about 1.2 miles from where Nora disappeared on August 4.
He said they had met an Indian man who said he was familiar with the area and would help them.
They followed a trail through the oil plantation when one of the group said he could smell a strong odor from the jungle.
Emergency services and rescue workers arrive at Dusun Resort, where Nora was missing on August 4 in her family's apartment
Police commanders inform their men on Tuesday about the search for Nora, just a few hours before her naked remains were discovered
A member of a Malaysian fire brigade looks at a map during a search and rescue for 15-year-old Nora Quoirin
Then they came across the tragic body of Nora.
Seekers found the body at a waterfall that the missing schoolgirl had spoken excitedly about.
Yeap and the others, including housewife Shirley Yap, stepped away from the shocking discovery and waited for the police.
Two of the group started to cry and were comforted by others.
& # 39; We were unable to touch the body and let the police do their work, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; It took the police about 40 minutes to get there and seal. We all had to make statements at the police station. & # 39;
The schoolgirl's grandfather, Sylvain Quoirin, who is mayor in France, had previously said it & # 39; unthinkable & # 39; was that Nora would only have strayed because of the seriousness of her learning difficulties.
She had a condition known as holoprosencephaly, where the brain did not develop normally, had limited verbal communication, and could only write a few words.
She went to a school for young people with learning and communication problems.
Yeap, a Chinese / Malay speaking through an interpreter, said he feels nothing but sorrow for Nora's parents.
& # 39; I feel so sorry for them, but I'm glad we found the body and they didn't have to wait any longer to know what was happening. & # 39;
Other members of the group who belong to the Kepayank Hiking Club read a statement that they believe the & # 39; truth & # 39; was of what happened.
Since the body of Nora was found, rumors circulated mainly when she was found naked.
Shirley Yap, 50, read from a prepared statement describing how the group had formed a line on either side of the path to a stream.
She fought tears when she was asked to find the body.
& # 39; It's not right. It is sad to see such a body, & she said.
Sankara N. Nair, lawyer for Nora & # 39; s family, tells the press that her parents & # 39; are very traumatized after losing their child & # 39; and are in shock
Yap described the run-up to finding the body and said they had spread on either side of a path and followed a path through an old palm oil plantation.
After searching for 30 minutes, they followed the path down to a stream.
She said: & # 39; One of our members saw the body over the small stream and called. We all returned to where the body was found.
& # 39; We stopped 10 meters from the body and we all knew that we should not stop too close to the stage of the body and waited there for the police to arrive.
& # 39; It was hard for the police to find us because the area was pretty inaccessible.
The place where Nora was found remained closed by the police today.
Before the body of Nora was found, Mother Meabh, from Northern Ireland, and Sebastien, who is French, attended Mass at the Catholic Church in the city of Seremban, 16 km from their vacation home.
Father George Harrison, who served in the Church of Visitation service, said he prayed and blessed the couple.
Speak to the Mirror, Father Harrison said the pair remained & # 39; calm and strong & # 39; and that an extra prayer will be said for Nora this Sunday after her body was found. Father Harrison can also bless the body of Nora.
The family stayed at the Dusun resort, which is popular with local tourists and located in an area known as the Pantai Hills.
The resort offers tours to the Lata Berembun waterfall, with a 20-minute trek to the jungle entrance and a one-hour walk along a particular jungle trail.
Mazlan Mansor, deputy police chief of Malaysia, said earlier that officers have not found evidence of criminal behavior so far.
But he refused to confirm whether Nora had been injured or whether someone else might have been involved in her death.
He described Nora as & # 39; completely nude & # 39; but & # 39; intact & # 39; when she was found, and added that it was too early to determine how long her body had been on site.
Kenny Chan (left), Shirley Yap (center) and May Lou (right), who also belonged to the search party that Nora has found, give an explanation to the press
The parents of Nora, who had lived in London for 20 years, had previously expressed the fear that the schoolgirl had been abducted and had received a £ 10,000 reward for information. Mrs. Quoirin, 45, held back tears during a statement saying that the hearts of the family break without her.
& # 39; Nora is our first child. She has been vulnerable since the day she was born, & she said.
The teenager had a smaller than average brain and struggled to act independently, born with Patau syndrome or holo-presence disorder.
The situation made her struggle to complete daily tasks and with limited speech, walking skills and coordination.
During the search, counselors had also played Mrs. Quoirin's voice through loudspeakers hoping her daughter would hear and said, & # 39; Nora, darling, Nora, I love you, Mom is here. & # 39;
Mr. and Mrs. Quoirin, seller of a data analysis company and director of a market research firm, met in Northern Ireland and the family lives in Streatham, in the south of London.
The search for Nora involved up to 350 employees from various government agencies over a ten-day period, in addition to helicopters and drones equipped with thermal imaging technology.
British, Irish and French police were sent to Malaysia to search. Scotland Yard said to be ready for remote support.
The Dusun resort is located approximately 60 kilometers south of Kuala Lumpur, at the foot of the Titiwangsa Mountains and borders the Berembun Forest Reserve.
The jungle houses a range of harmful animals, including snakes, biting insects, tigers and wild boar.
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