THE DISTRAUGHT parents of teenager Nora Quoirin still believe the vulnerable 15-year-old was abducted and are determined to uncover the truth behind her death.
Nora disappeared from her hotel room while on holiday with her family at the resort of Dusan in Malaysia on Sunday August 4.
Her body was found 10 days later, beside a small stream roughly 1.6 miles from the resort. An autopsy determined she died of intestinal rupture as a result of starvation and stress.
Malaysian police found no indications she had been subjected to sexual assault and also noted there was no suspicion of foul play “so far”.
However, her parents Sebastien, 47, and Meabh, 45, believe there are still questions to answer surrounding the strange circumstances of her death.
Speaking to RTE through their lawyer, Charles Morel, the parents “now concerned about the truth because they owe that to Nora, what happened, how did she die”.
They are waiting the results of DNA and toxicology tests but haven’t ruled out pursuing a criminal investigation into her disappearance and death.
“We have to be very cautious about the interpretation of the first result of the autopsy,” Morel said.
“The risk is that if you exclude the criminal hypothesis, it’s too early to say that.
“We don’t want the media to interpret the first result of the autopsy excluding the criminal hypothesis.
“She [Nora] was very shy, dependent on her mother and its not in her temperament to go out in the night after a long trip in a place she doesn’t know, in the jungle”.
“Even the place where she was found, two kilometres from the resort, very strange that she could go there by herself alone so we cannot exclude the criminal hypothesis,” he added.
“The family still finds it difficult to understand that she would have gone into the jungle on her own.
“They are concerned that she did not leave on her own. They cannot understand how she could leave by herself.”
Their concerns come just days after Kate and Gerry McCann drew comparisons between Nora's disappearance and the abduction of their daughter, Madeline.