Nora Quoirin family 'struggling to understand' the events leading to her death

The family of Nora Quoirin have said they are still "struggling to understand" the events that led to her death.

The 15-year-old's body was found in dense woodland in Malaysia earlier this week.

She had been missing for more than a week after vanishing from her family's accommodation whilst on holiday at the Dusun Resort.

Examinations of the body showed she starved and died of intestinal rupture.

In a statement on Friday morning, the school girl's family said: "The initial post-mortem results have given some information that help us to understand Nora's cause of death.

The family of Nora have said they are Credit: Family Handout

"But our beautiful innocent girl died in extremely complex circumstances and we are hoping that soon we will have more answers to our many questions.

"We are struggling to understand the events of the last 10 days."

The family thanked police and authorities who helped with the search effort, adding they are planning to lay her to rest "close to her loving families in France and Ireland".

Nora's family thanked those who helped with the search and rescue operation. Credit: Family Handout

The statement, released by the Lucie Blackman Trust which supports families of people who disappear overseas, confirmed the criminal and missing persons investigations are continuing.

A hotline remains open to gather information about the disappearance of the teenager.

Police had previously said Nora - who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly, which her family said meant she struggled with everyday tasks - was believed to have climbed out of her resort room window.