The grieving parents of vulnerable Nora Quoirin still believe she was abducted and are determined to uncover the truth, said the family’s lawyer.
Charles Morel, acting on behalf of parents Sebastien, 47, and Meabh, 45, said the family has not ruled out pursuing a criminal investigation.
Mr Morel told RTE: ‘But they are now concerned about the truth because they owe that to Nora, what happened, how did she die’.
He added that the parents are waiting for DNA and toxicology test results before taking action.
Earlier today, Malaysian police said Nora, 15, had starved and died of intestinal rupture after disappearing on Sunday August 4.
Mr Morel added: ‘We have to be very cautious about the interpretation of the first result of the autopsy.
‘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’.
The teen’s body was found on Tuesday beside a small stream about 1.6 miles from the resort of Dusun, where she had been on holiday with her parents and two siblings.
The London schoolgirl, who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly, was highly dependent on her mother, said Mr Morel.
Meanwhile, Nora’s paternal grandfather, Sylvain Quoirin, told the Irish Times that ‘dark areas need to be cleared up for the family to be able to grieve in peace.’
He added: ‘She wasn’t there [during earlier searches]. Someone put her there, to get rid of her.
‘Can you imagine her walking 1.5miles, naked and barefoot, over rocks, in the middle of the night? For me, that’s absurd.’
The grandfather said ‘it is not possible she would have willingly left with a stranger’, as she became ‘anguished’ when her parents weren’t there and clung to them and her sister.
Mr Morel echoed this, saying: ‘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.’
Nora’s parents have previously said how it would have been out of their daughter’s character to disappear as she has never done it on previous holidays.
Negeri Sembilan Police Chief, Mohamad Mat Yusop, said officials had found no evidence of foul play.
Police had said Nora, who was travelling on an Irish passport, was believed to have climbed out of her resort room window.
The Quoirins said Nora’s condition meant she was not independent and had difficulty walking.
Describing her as a ‘very special person’, they said she would not have gone anywhere alone.
Search crews looking for the teenager played her mother’s voice in the dense Malaysian forest near where she disappeared.