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SEREMBAN, Malaysia — A French-Irish teenager from London with physical and learning disabilities who mysteriously disappeared from a Malaysian nature resort died from intestinal bleeding that was likely attributable to starvation and stress, the Malaysian police said on Thursday.

Mohamad Mat Yusop, the Negeri Sembilan state police chief, said the autopsy found no evidence that the 15-year-old girl, Nora Anne Quoirin, had been abducted or raped. She was estimated to have been dead two or three days when her body was found.

Quoirin’s naked body was discovered Tuesday beside a small stream about a mile and a half from the Dusun eco-resort after she disappeared from her family’s resort cottage on Aug. 4.

Her family’s lawyer earlier said they hoped the police would investigate possible foul play. They also thanked searchers, saying “Nora is at the heart of our family. She is the truest, most precious girl and we love her infinitely.”

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Chief Mohamad said there were also some bruises on the girl’s legs, but they were not serious enough to have caused her death. Samples taken from her body will be sent to the chemistry department for further analysis, he said, adding that the girl’s family would now be able to take her home, if they wished.

“The cause of death was upper gastrointestinal bleeding due to duodenal ulcer, complicated with perforation,” he said. “It could be due to a lack of food for a long period of time and due to prolonged stress.”

Quoirin’s family has said she was not independent and would not wander off alone, because of her disabilities. The police believe she climbed out through an open window in the living room of the cottage, but have said they were investigating all possibilities, including the question of whether criminal activity played any role in her death.

The Paris prosecutor’s office on Wednesday said it had opened a preliminary investigation into the girl’s death, on potential charges of kidnapping and sequestration. The French authorities often open such investigations when French citizens are victims of or somehow involved in a potential crime abroad.

The girl’s family arrived Aug. 3 for a two-week stay at the Dusun, a small resort located in a durian orchard next to a forest reserve about 40 miles south of Kuala Lumpur.

Her family on Wednesday thanked the more than 350 people who helped search for the girl.

“Nora is at the heart of our family. She is the truest, most precious girl and we love her infinitely. The cruelty of her being taken away is unbearable,” the family said in a brief statement issued by the Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity that helps families of Britons in crisis overseas.

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