A hiker who helped find the body of missing teen Nora Quoirin has told how she looked as 'if she were sleeping' when she was discovered lying close to a stream.
Sean Yeap, a volunteer taking part in the search for the 15-year-old, told how her naked remains were found Tuesday lying by a riverbed and that her head was resting on her hands.
Nora went missing on the first full day of a family holiday to a Malaysian eco-resort on August 4 before her remains were discovered just a short distance away.
Sean Yeap, a volunteer who helped find the body of Nora Quoirin in Malaysia, said she was found with her head resting on her hands close to a river on Tuesday
Mr Yeap said Nora 'looked as if she was sleeping' but it was clear that the 15-year-old was dead, prompting two members of the search team to break down crying
He also revealed that Nora's body was not hidden or covered over with foliage, raising questions over why teams which had previously searched the area were unable to find her
Parents Sebastien and Meabh, who were on holiday with Nora and her siblings Innes, 12, and Maurice, eight, when she vanished, have said they are heartbroken at her death and described her as 'the truest, most precious girl.'
Speaking about the moment the body was discovered, Mr Yeap told Mail Online: 'It looked like she was sleeping. Her head was resting on her hands.
'But we all knew she was dead.
'It was very sad and two women in the group did not want to come close and they started crying.'
The body of the teenager was formally identified by her parents at a hospital in the town of Seremban on Tuesday night.
The results of a post mortem to determine cause of death are set to be revealed later today.
Nora's death is still be treated as a missing person case by police, but a parallel criminal investigation remains open.
A spokesman for the Lucie Blackman Trust, which had been helping the family with their search, said Sebastien and Meabh are questioning whether their daughter was killed before her body was dumped at the location where it was found.
Mr Yeap raised similar questions, saying that the body was not hidden or covered with foliage and that search teams which passed through the area on previous occasions would have found it, if it had been there.
Mother Meabh and father Sebastien (pictured centre left) have said they are heartbroken following the discovery of Nora's body, and want to know whether her remains were dumped
Kenny Chan (left), Shirley Yap (centre) and May Lou (right), who were also among the search party which found Nora, give a statement to the press
'I could see the body. She was lying with her hands behind her head like you do when you go to sleep. There were some scratches on her arm and some bruises but otherwise there were no injuries,' he said.