The body of a Nóra Quoirin who was found dead in the Malaysian jungle had no injuries to suggest she was attacked or restrained, an inquest has heard.
Nóra Quoirin, 15, was discovered dead nine days after she went missing from an eco-resort in August 2019.
A pathologist who carried out a second post-mortem examination said there were “superficial scratches” on her limbs but no “superimposed wounding”.
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He added it was likely she had died of natural causes. Nóra, from Balham, south-west London, was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder that affects brain development. She was discovered by a stream on a palm-oil plantation close to the jungle resort where her family had been staying. A post-mortem examination was carried out by Malaysian authorities the day after her body was discovered which found Nóra had died from internal bleeding probably caused by hunger and stress. A second examination was then carried out in the UK by Dr. Nathaniel Cary at the request of the family, the inquest was told. Giving evidence via video-link, the senior consultant forensic pathologist said Nóra’s body had been “severely decomposed” by the time he saw it on 28 August but he had found “no evidence of any injuries of assault or restraint”.” Scratches on the lower limbs are consistent with moving through the undergrowth as are scratches on the bottoms of the feet,” he said. Dr. Cary told Seremban Coroner’s Court there had also been no “convincing evidence of sunburn”, but added that if Nóra had been under the jungle canopy then “sunburn would not necessarily be expected”.The inquest heard the state of the 15-year-old’s body had meant Dr. Cary could not independently confirm a cause of death.