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Police: no element of rape

  • The police say the result of postmortem conducted on the remains of 15-year-old Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin shows no element of rape.

SEREMBAN, Aug 15 (Bernama) -- Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin died of gastrointestinal bleeding, probably due to the lack of food over a long time, and prolonged stress, it was revealed here today.

Negeri Sembilan Police chief Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop said the autopsy on Nora Anne also found that she died two or three days before her body was found.

The body of the 15-year-old special-needs girl was found on Tuesday about 2.5 km from an eco-resort in Pantai here after she went missing on Aug 4, a day after she and her family checked in for a holiday.

“The autopsy revealed that the teenager died of gastrointestinal bleeding probably due to prolonged stress and having gone without food for a long time,” he told a press conference at the compound of the Negeri Sembilan Police headquarters here.

Pathologists from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital and Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital here conducted the autopsy from 11.45 am yesterday until late into the night. They were assisted by experts from the Chemistry Department and Department of Forensics in Petaling Jaya.

Mohamad said that so far there is no element of Nora Anne having been abducted and there were no signs on the body to indicate rape.

“Several samples of tissue from the body have been taken and sent to the Chemistry Department for further analysis,” he said.

Asked about a report that the French police have opened an investigation for abduction in the case of Nora Anne, Mohamad said he is not aware of that.

He said, however, that the French, Irish and British police assisted the Malaysian police in the investigation into the case.

The fact that Nora Anne is of Franco-Irish parentage may explain their interest in the case.

Replying to another question, Mohamad said it would be left to the family to decide when to claim the body.

“There is no time frame on the claiming of the body. They (the family) can claim it at any time,” he said.

He also said that the investigation is ongoing into what he maintained is a missing person case.

A massive search-and-rescue operation was launched on Aug 4 for Nora Anne, involving various authorities including the police, military, fire & rescue service and civil defence force as well as the Orang Asli and volunteer hikers.

Her nude body was found on Tuesday.

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