An autopsy has revealed that schoolgirl Nóra Quoirin died as a result of prolonged hunger and stress.
The 15-year-old’s body was found in a forested area near the holiday resort she travelled to with her family after a ten-day search.
Malaysian police have revealed the results of an autopsy this morning.
It found that she died of internal bleeding from a ruptured ulcer in her intestine around two or three days before she was found - suggesting she died around six days after she disappeared.
Police said there is no evidence of foul play. They said there is no sign she was kidnapped and the post-mortem found no evidence she had been sexually abused.
It found that she had scratches on her feet.
Local journalist Sumisha Naidu was at the police press conference this morning. She told Newstalk Breakfast that Nóra essentially starved to death.
“The official cause of death is upper gastrointestinal bleeding caused by perforation,” she said.
“That is likely due to a prolonged period of not eating - prolonged hunger which was also exacerbated by stress.
“Which in other words means Nóra essentially starved to death.”
Father Marcus Holden, parish priest at Nóra’s local church of St Bede's in South London said she was an “integral member of the community” who people loved.
“She had special needs as people know but when you have someone like Nóra with those needs it brings out a lot of love in the community,” he said.
“There was a great deal of love for Nóra and indeed in the last few days we have seen a massive amount of love outpoured – and that is encouraging in this situation.”
Nóra disappeared from the Dusun Holiday Resort, around 60km from Kuala Lumpur, on the morning of Sunday August 4th.
Her family had travelled to the resort the day before and her father raised the alarm after finding her bed empty and a downstairs window open.
Hundreds of people were involved in the search over ten days.
Her body was found on Tuesday near a jungle stream.
Nóra was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly and her family have described her as very vulnerable.
Nóra's mother Meabh is from Belfast, while her father Sebastien is French. The couple have lived in London for the past 20 years.