There are still “dark areas” and “unanswered questions” over the death of Nora Quoirin, her family have said.
The 15-year-old’s relatives are urging police to open a criminal investigation following the discovery of the teen’s body in the Malaysian jungle.
Authorities said Nora starved to death after wandering into the jungle on her own, but her family reportedly still believe it is possible she was abducted.
They have also questioned how Nora’s naked body, which was found by a hiker on Tuesday 10 days after she went missing, was missed by rescue teams looking for her.
Lawyer for the family Charles Morel told the Daily Mail that authorities should not rule out “criminal involvement”, saying: “There are many unanswered questions and we cannot exclude criminal involvement.
“Nora was found where people have already searched. If she was alive for that long, then it is possible that she met somebody. We cannot exclude anything at this stage.”
But other relatives of the teen, who had severe learning difficulties, have questions over her disappearance, including whether it is believable that she left the lodge at night on her own, and why she wasn’t wearing the underwear she had on when she was last seen alive.
Nora’s grandfather Sylvain Quoirin told the Mail there were “dark areas” that needed to be cleared up, suggesting it was possible that the reason her body wasn’t found originally was because someone “put her there”.
Her uncle Pacome Quoirin also told the newspaper they remained “dubious” over her disappearance, adding: “‘The findings that were announced in no way discredit a criminal act.”
Police in Malaysia have said that results of a post-mortem examination suggest Nora had died of starvation after getting lost.
While rescue teams did cover the area where Nora’s body was found, police say she could have still been moving at the time, explaining why she wasn’t found.