A Malaysian judge has overturned an inquest verdict of misadventure in the death of Irish-French teenager Nóra Quoirin.
Earlier this year, an inquest found that the teenager likely got lost in the jungle after leaving her family's cottage on her own.
It ruled out the involvement of other people in the teenager's death.
Nóra's parents have consistently said they believe someone else was involved, and said they were 'utterly disappointed' by the coroner's verdict.
They argue that Nóra "had neither the cognitive, nor physical means" to leave the family chalet by the window by herself, and therefore they believe she was abducted.
Now, a Malaysian judge has changed the verdict from 'misadventure' to 'open verdict'.
The new verdict leaves the possibility of further investigations into the teenager's death.
LBT Global - a charity that has represented Nóra's parents - confirmed the verdict, and said a further statement would be issued in the coming days.
1/2 - LBT Global can confirm that today in Malaysia the verdict in the case of Nora QUOIRIN was changed from MISADVENTURE to an OPEN VERDICT. A statement in response to this will be issued in the coming days.
— LBT Global (@LBT_Global) June 16, 2021
Nóra went missing near a holiday resort in Malaysia in August 2019 a day after she arrived for a holiday.
Her body was found several days later after a major search operation.
Local police have insisted there was no foul play in her death, and a post mortem showed she probably starved and died of internal bleeding.