Nora Quoirin: Girl found dead in Malaysian forest “has not been abducted”


Nora Quoirin, 15, disappeared while on vacation with her family in Malaysia (Photo: AFP / PA)

A British schoolgirl found dead in a Malaysian rainforest has not been kidnapped, an investigation found today.

Nora Anne Quoirin, 15, disappeared during her family’s vacation at the Dusun eco-resort in southern Negeri Sembilan on August 4 last year, a day after their arrival. A full-scale search was then launched and her naked body was found on August 13, approximately 2.5 kilometers from where she was residing.

The teenager had a mental and physical disability, and her parents Meabh and Sebastian Quoirin said upon her disappearance that she would not have moved away from herself.

But during an investigation in Malaysia, Negeri Sembilan’s police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop said the investigation did not reveal any criminal element. He said there was no indication that Nora had been abducted.

He continued, “We have not received any phone calls – usually in this type of case we will receive a call to say that the victim has been kidnapped and is in the hands of certain people, and that they would demand a ransom. I believe the missing person did come out the window.

Haanim Ahmed Bamadhaj, owner of the complex where the Quoirins were staying, said a window in Nora’s bedroom had a broken latch. She said Nora’s parents told her the teenager was missing in her underwear and that she was known to hide when she was scared.

The teenager was found dead on August 13 (Photo: Getty Images)

Nora’s parents believed she was abducted (Photo: PA)

Recalling the night she disappeared, Ms. Haanim said it was peaceful and her dog, who barked if there were strangers, was also silent. She noted that her house faces the cottage where the Quorins were staying.

She said the faulty window, which was found ajar the morning of Nora’s disappearance, could be opened from the outside, but said she had never had a criminal break-in since opening her company 11 years ago. The investigation learned that the site did not have video surveillance.

A coroner said Nora likely starved to death during the time of her disappearance and died of internal bleeding. She was also found to have scratches on her legs, but these were deemed unrelated to her death.

Mr and Mrs Quoirin, of London, are due to testify at the inquest via video conference later this week. A British doctor who performed a second postmortem on Nora’s body will also testify from a distance.

Meabh and Sébastien Quoirin will testify at the hearing this week (Photo: Getty Images)

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 9, 2019, a Royal Malaysian Police officer holds a leaflet bearing a portrait of missing Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin at a checkpoint during a search operation and rescue in Seremban.  - A Malaysian coroner will open an investigation on August 24, 2020 into the death of the Franco-Irish teenager with learning difficulties, a year after her disappearance on vacation and her body found in the jungle.  (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo by MOHD RASFAN / AFP via Getty Images)

The family sued the resort owner for alleged negligence (Photo: Getty Images)

The Quoirin family sued the owner of the complex for alleged negligence, as they say there was no security at the scene. In the trial, they describe how Nora had poor motor skills, needed help walking, and had a mental age of around five or six.

Gurdial Singh Nijar, the attorney representing the station, told reporters after the first day of the investigation that the incident was unfortunate but “there was no guilt” on Ms. Haanim.

Nora’s parents have welcomed Malaysia’s decision to hold an investigation after police classified the case as “no further action”. They said the investigation will be “crucial in determining the most complete picture possible of what happened to Nora and how her case was handled.”

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