The family of tragic teen Nora Quoirin were sent a ransom email as they waited for news of their daughter who was missing in Malaysia.
The inquest which started two months ago has resumed after a witness came into contact with a Covid-19 patient.
Nora was reported missing hours after the family arrived in a eco-resort for a “trip of lifetime” on August 3.
The rainforest resort is about 40 miles south of Kuala Lumpur.
The teenager, who was born with a disorder which affects brain development, was found 10 days later, naked and near a river.
The police insist she died of internal bleeding and starvation after climbing out of a window of their rainforest villa.
The 15-year-old’s body was found on August 13th by a group of civilian volunteers in a palm-oil plantation about one-and-a-half miles from their holiday villa.
The inquest heard the ransom demand was emailed to the family from an account later deactivated, possibly to conceal the fraud attempt, a senior police investigator said.
Investigating officer Deputy Superintendent Hazizi Abd Samad said: “Based on my assumption and experience, if an email address no longer exists it would mean that the email creator made the decision to erase it.
“Such behaviour in many cybercrime-related cases, is attributable to frauds run by scammers.”
The email was sent on August 7th, 2019 demanding a ransom four days after Nora from London vanished.
The demand was for two Bitcoin worth around £4,200. It was later claimed the email was from Virginia, United States.
The ransom email was sent to the Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity and support group, who have been helping the family.
The inquest heard how Nora’s naked body was later found in a remote area with poor access.
A water treatment plant operator told the Coroner’s Court he had caught a glimpse of a Caucasian girl bathing in a river the day Nora went missing.
Muhammad Kamarudin, said on the evening of August 4th, he had been on his way to work for the evening shift.
“As I was heading towards my workplace on my motorcycle around 7pm that day, I saw a lone Caucasian girl bathing by the river to the right side of the road from an elevated position,” he told Coroner Maimoonah Aid.
But he said it was not unusual to see people washing in the river.
Earlier the hearing was told how a Siamese monk helped work out the area Irish teen Nora could be.
According to the Malay Mail, Search and rescue volunteer, Chong Yue Fatt, told the coroner: “I heard from Chan (their group leader) that he had contacted a Siamese monk and the monk instructed him to look for the girl near areas with a river.
“After two days of searching, Chank still hadn’t found anything but passed a river on his way back, which is why we returned to the area on the third day.
“There was also a makeshift hut about 50 metres from the body and the surrounding area was dense with vegetation.”
He then alerted the group who had to go to the authorities directly as the phone coverage was poor in the area.
They then waited up to two hours before authorities arrived to recover Nora’s remains.