Nora Quoirin’s body is brought home to be close to family
Tragic teen Nora Quoirin prepares for her final journey home to be laid to rest close to her family.
Poignant photos have emerged of officials carrying the 15-year-old's body into transport in Malaysia today.
It was collected from the mortuary at Tuanku Ja’afar hospital and transported under police escort to Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
The teenager's heartbroken parents Sebastien and Meabh were not present.
But the devastated family said they will be bringing Nora’s body home "where she will finally be laid to rest, close to her loving families in France and Ireland".
They also thanked Malaysian authorities and search parties for their efforts locating the teenager.
It is unclear though whether Irish mum Meabh, 45 and French-born dad Sebastien, 47, will ask for a second postmortem on Nora’s body.
The first one indicated Nora died from internal bleeding, likely from prolonged hunger and stress "two to three days" before her body was found 1.6 miles from where she was last seen.
Nora's unclothed body was discovered on Tuesday 2km from a jungle holiday resort where the family had been staying.
The family also asked people only to rely on comments issued on their behalf by the Lucie Blackman Trust (LBT).
"Any other comments and views are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of the immediate family or an accurate portrayal of the facts," they added.
"Nora’s family are concerned that continued reports of comments such as those recently reported are unhelpful and may hinder any investigations, as well as causing confusion and distress for them.
"The Lucie Blackman Trust is arranging repatriation of Nora’s body and no further information concerning this, including dates or destinations, will be released at this point."
No reward payments were made prior to the discovery of the youngster's body, and noted that a police hotline remains open for those with information on the case.
After meeting Malaysia’s deputy prime minister on Friday, her family said they are "struggling to understand the events of the last 10 days".
The statement, issued on their behalf by LBT, added: "The initial postmortem results have given some information that helps us to understand Nora’s cause of death.
"But our beautiful innocent girl died in extremely complex circumstances and we are hoping that soon we will have more answers to our many questions."
Malaysian police said Nora is likely to have spent a week in the jungle on her own.
The teenager, who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly and was described by her family as "vulnerable", went missing from the resort of Dusun on Sunday August 4.
The 15-year-old had died between two and four days before her body was discovered beside a waterfall.
A leading detective in the Madeleine McCann case has been advising the Quoirin family, demanding that Malaysia police address “dark unanswered questions”.
In a TV interview on Friday ex-policeman Jim Gamble claimed the cottage window where the tragic teen was staying "could have been opened from outside". Mr Gamble, who is former chief executive of the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, said the aluminium glass window was faulty and could not be locked from inside.
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