KUALA LUMPUR – The family of London schoolgirl Nora Quoirin has claimed her body from a hospital in Seremban, Malaysia, state news website Bernama reported Saturday.
Fifteen-year-old Quoirin’s body was taken from the Forensic Medicine Department of Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital at 12.42 am local time after documentation was completed.
“I was told by hospital officials that the body has just been claimed. It is learnt that the body has been taken to KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport),” Negeri Sembilan Police Chief Mohamad Mat Yusop said, according to Bernama.
Quoirin’s French father and Irish mother were not seen at the forensics department.
Her body was found on Tuesday beside a stream 2.5 kilometers (1.55 miles) from the Dusun Hotel from where she went missing on Aug. 4 while on a family holiday.
“The cause of death was upper gastrointestinal bleeding” from prolonged stress or lack of food, Yusop told reporters Thursday after a post-mortem examination.
She died two or three days before she was found, police believe.
“For the time being there is no element of abduction or kidnapping,” Yusop said, adding that further tissue analysis was being conducted.
On Friday the family released a statement saying the post-mortem results had “given some information that help 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. We are still struggling to understand the events of the last 10 days.”
“We will be bringing Nora home where she will finally be laid to rest, close to her loving families in France and Ireland,” they added.
Police were investigating the disappearance as a missing person’s inquiry. However, the Lucie Blackman Trust, which was working closely with the family, said last week that “contrary to several reports that police are NOT treating Nora’s disappearance as an abduction, the family have been told directly by police that they are treating it as both an abduction and missing persons case.”
Quoirin was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder which affects brain development, and the family said she “struggles with coordination” and would not have gone anywhere on her own.
More than 350 police officers, volunteers and firefighters had scoured the Negeri Sembilan nature reserve, about 60 kilometers (37.3 miles) south of capital Kuala Lumpur, for the teenager.