Latest: The cause of Nora Quoirin’s death remains unknown as the investigation continues into what happened to the 15-year-old whose body was discovered more than a week after she went missing in Malaysia.
An update on the cause of death had been expected today but a post-mortem examination at a hospital in Seremban is ongoing and no further developments are expected until tomorrow.
The teenager – who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly and was described by her family as “vulnerable” – disappeared on Sunday August 4.
Her body was discovered yesterday beside a small stream about 2.5 kilometres from the jungle resort of Dusun, where she had been on holiday with her parents and two siblings.
Matthew Searle of the Lucie Blackman Trust, which is supporting Nora’s family, said: “The post-mortem is ongoing, therefore no conclusion has been reached yet.”
A police press conference, due today, is now expected to take place at an as-yet unspecified time tomorrow.
Nora’s devastated family have said their “hearts are broken” and paid tribute to her as “the truest, most precious girl”.
They made an emotional statement released through the trust, describing how the teenager, who is the daughter of French-Irish parents, had “truly touched the world”.
They said: “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.”
They offered thanks to those involved in the search for the teenager, adding: “Nora has brought people together, especially from France, Ireland, Britain and Malaysia, united in their love and support for her and her family.”
Hundreds of people were involved in the search operation and it was volunteer helpers who found her body.
During the 10-day search the teenager’s parents, Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin, thanked those looking for her, as fundraising pages set up by Nora’s aunt and uncle collected more than £100,000 from well-wishers.
A book of condolence was opened today in Belfast, where Mrs Quoirin is from.
The head teacher at Nora’s school in Wandsworth, south-west London, paid tribute to her as “a delight to work with” and said her fellow pupils and others who knew her will be supported at such a difficult time.
Mike Reeves said: “The Garratt Park School community is deeply shocked and saddened by this awful news.
“Nora was a delight to work with, and focused very hard on making the best of her abilities.”
The postmortem examination on Nóra Quoirin’s remains will continue tomorrow and authorities will provide an update then. pic.twitter.com/afB06yJLyP— Jackie Fox (@jackiefox_) August 14, 2019
Update 11am: The preliminary results from the post mortem on the body of Nora Quoirin have been delayed until this afternoon.
Journalist Sumisha Naidu says the results of the post mortem will determine the course of the investigation.
She said: "What we are hoping for is to get some answers as to whether there was any physical harm caused to her and anything that would give an indication if a crime was committed."
The family of Nora Quoirin say their “hearts are broken” after the teenager’s body was found in Malaysia.
In an emotional statement, the devastated family also offered their thanks to those involved in the search for the 15-year-old.
A post-mortem is due to take place on Wednesday to determine Nora’s cause of death.
Her body was discovered beside a small stream, about 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles) from the jungle resort of Dusun, on Tuesday.
Describing how the teenager had “truly touched the world”, her family said: “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.
“We will always love our Nora.”
The statement added: “We would like to thank all the people that have been searching for Nora and trying their best to find her.
“We thank the local people here and those far and wide for their prayers and support at this time.
“Nora has brought people together, especially from France, Ireland, Britain and Malaysia, united in their love and support for her and her family.
“To all our friends and family at home, we can’t thank you enough for all your love.”
Nora, who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly, disappeared on Sunday August 4 while on holiday with her family.
Hundreds of people were involved in the search and rescue operation and it was volunteer helpers who found her body.
Deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor told reporters at a press conference that the remains were winched by helicopter to a hospital mortuary.
He added that the body “was not in any clothings” and that while it remained a missing persons case police were looking into all possibilities including the “angle of criminal investigation”.
The teenager’s parents, Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin, a French-Irish couple who have lived in London for 20 years, had thanked those looking for her as fundraising pages set up by Nora’s aunt and uncle collected more than £100,000 from well-wishers.
Following the confirmation that Nora’s body had been found, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that the situation was “every family’s worst nightmare”.
He tweeted: “Our thoughts & sincere condolences are with Nora Quoirin’s parents, siblings & wider family at this unimaginably difficult time.
“They have experienced every family’s worst nightmare. I’d like to pay tribute to everyone who searched for Nora. May she rest in peace.”
President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, and his wife Sabina offered their “deepest condolences” to Nora’s parents, to her siblings and to her extended family.
The French Foreign Ministry also expressed its sincere condolences to Nora’s family.
Our thoughts & sincere condolences are with Nóra Quoirin’s parents, siblings & wider family at this unimaginably difficult time. They have experienced every family’s worst nightmare. I’d like to pay tribute to everyone who searched for Nora. May she rest in peace.— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) August 13, 2019
The Quoirins had said Nora’s condition meant she was not independent and had difficulty walking.
Search crews looking for the teenager had played her mother’s voice in the dense Malaysian forest near where she disappeared.
Police had said Nora who was travelling on an Irish passport, was believed to have climbed out of her resort room window.
After Nora went missing, her family described how she was particularly vulnerable.
Describing her as a “very special person”, they said she would not have gone anywhere alone.
- Press Association