A trekker has described the moment his team found Nora Quoirin’s body near a stream in the Malaysian jungle.
The 25-member hiking group who were part of the search and rescue reportedly said they were kept 20 metres away from the lifeless body until police arrived at the scene.
A representative for the group said they were scouring an area by a stream when they spotted her remains.
Kenny Lim told a local newspaper they phoned police immediately and did not get any closer.
He said no one else was in the area at the time.
Nora, 15, was found yesterday at the foot of a ravine next to a swamp and waterfall, 10 days after she went missing on August 4.
The schoolgirl’s body was discovered about a mile and a half from the Dusun Rainforest Resort where she was staying with her parents Sebastien and Meabh and siblings Innes, 12, and Maurice, eight.
Kenny told The Star Online: “We had divided into two groups and began searching along the left and right sides of the stream.
“My group, which was walking along the left side of the stream, spotted her remains and we immediately called in the police and did not get any closer.”
“We have had our statements recorded at the Pantai police station last night to help in the probe.”
Nora was found naked in an area previously combed by a multi-national team including hundreds of search-and-rescue experts, a helicopter and drones fitted with thermal-imaging equipment.
It raised questions about why she was not spotted there before. Police would not rule out foul play over her death.
A postmortem is due to be carried out and any further investigations will depend on the outcome.
Malaysian lawyer Sankara N Nair, who has been hired by Nora’s parents to act on their behalf, today spoke outside the mortuary where her autopsy was being carried out.
When asked how the parents are coping, he said: “They are in a highly traumatic situation.
“They are distraught. It is difficult. They are really distraught and in grief to lose a child.”
He added: “The family expresses their greatest gratitude to the police and search and rescue.
“I’m still waiting for the next course of action when the post mortem is done.”
When asked if he believes there is any criminality involved in her death, he said: “At this stage it is impossible to even deduce anything or to make any assumption until the post mortem result is out.”
Nora’s family previously said they believe the teen, who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly, was abducted from their cottage at the resort they were staying at, about an hour south of Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysian officials have said there was “no proof” she was kidnapped, though they were not ruling out any possibilities.