SEREMBAN: The family of Nora Anne Quoirin, whose body was found in a ravine in Pantai Hills, will only decide their next course of action after the postmortem.
Lawyer Sankara N. Nair, who has been engaged to represent them, said it was too early to make a decision now.
“We haven’t discussed that. Perhaps later, ” he told reporters at the Hospital Tuanku Ja'afar mortuary here Wednesday (Aug 14).
He said it was too early to suggest if there was criminal element to her death.
“It is impossible even for the police to say anything. We can't make any assumptions, ” he said.
Sankara said once the postmortem is completed, a report would be forwarded to the Attorney General’s Chambers.
“The AG would then decide if there is a need for an inquest.
“Usually, a sudden death would invite an inquest, ” he said.
Sankara said apart from the postmortem, the findings by the police were equally important.
“For now, it’s too early to tell, ” he said.
Asked how long the family plans to remain here, Sankara said this was not discussed.
Asked if the family had come to terms with their loss, he said they were shattered.
“They are distraught and highly traumatised.
“This is very unfortunate, ” he said, adding that the family had engaged him on the second day after Nora Anne's disappearance.
State deputy police chief Che Zakaria Othman, when met at the mortuary, said the postmortem would take several hours.
“You can stand down now because the procedure will take several hours, ” he told the media.
A search-and-rescue team found Nora Anne’s remains in a ravine at 1.57pm on Tuesday (Aug 13).
Her remains had to be winched up by helicopter and taken to the hospital for postmortem.
The teenager’s unclothed body was found in a stream some 2.5km from the resort she was staying in. She had disappeared from the resort on Aug 4.
She had checked into the property with her parents Sebastian Marie Philipe and Meabh Jaseprine Quoirin and siblings Innes Julia and Maurice Arthure a day earlier
However she was not found in her room she shared with her siblings the following morning.
A window in the room which could only be opened from the inside was open.
The girl who is of French-Irish parentage had learning difficulties.