PETYLING JAY: The family of Irish teenager Nora Ann Quorin said today she would bring her body home where she would rest, "close to her loving families in France and Ireland."
They also thanked the Malaysian authorities and everyone involved in the search for the 15-year-old, whose body was found on Tuesday, 10 days after she disappeared from a resort in Nilay, Negeri Sembilan, where she was staying with her family.
Bernama, meanwhile, said police denied a report that Nora Ann's body had been claimed by her family at Tuanku Jafar Hospital in Seremban.
AFP reported earlier today that her parents had declared her body after an autopsy, which showed no signs of poor play.
Citing Negeri Sembilan police chief Mohammad Mat Yusop, the agency said Nora Ann's remains would be repatriated to London, where she lived with her family.
Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Wang Aziza Wang Ismail also met with the family at the resort today. "It is very sad. Her death was tragic and I would like to extend my condolences to her family, "she told reporters.
In a statement, the family thanked the government, police, search and rescue teams, locals and volunteers for their efforts to find Nora Ann.
"Tragically, as we know, that wasn't enough to save Nora," they said.
"The initial post-mortem results have provided some information that helps us understand the cause of Nora's death. But our beautiful innocent girl has died in extremely complex circumstances, and we hope to have more answers to our many questions soon. We are still struggling to understand the events of the last 10 days.
"We would like to thank the Malaysian authorities for their continued support and cooperation with international governments and police as investigations into criminal and missing persons continue.
"We will bring Nora home where she will finally rest, close to her loving families in France and Ireland."