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Dark unanswered questions after schoolgirl Nora Quoirin’s death in jungle

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Nora Quoirin vanished into the dense Malaysian jungle while on a family holiday before being found dead 10 days later – leaving “dark” unanswered questions.

The 15-year-old British schoolgirl’s family claimed she had been abducted, but police insisted she had climbed out of a window at their holiday cottage, wandered off and got lost in the tropical rainforest.

The London schoolgirl, who had special needs, starved and died from intestinal rupture, Malaysian police said as post-mortem results were made public.

The post-mortem exam found that she died from intestinal bleeding “two to three days” before her body was found about 1.6 miles from where she was last seen.

Distraught parents, Meabh, 45, and Sebastien, 47, are reportedly waiting for the results of DNA and toxicology tests.

But her family believe there are startling, unanswered questions about the police investigation and Nora’s death.

Here, we examine the mysteries in the case that her family say still aren’t solved.



Nora Quoirin, whose body was found in Malaysia on Tuesday


Members of a rescue team searching for the missing 15-year-old

 

Why did Nora leave the resort alone?

Detectives believe Nora left through the accommodation’s ground-floor aluminium framed window, before her father raised the alarm at 8am the following day.

Family lawyer Charles Morel said Nora’s disability made it highly unlikely that she left the lodge at night and walked to the bottom of a ravine via “an extremely steep path through the jungle” by herself.

The teenager had a smaller than average brain and struggled to act independently, having been born with Patau’s syndrome, or holoprosencephaly. The condition left her struggling to complete everyday tasks and with limited speech, walking ability and co-ordination.

Mr Morel, based in Paris, said: “One of the effects of her condition is that she was very dependent on her parents.

“She was shy, she was quickly scared, she had travelled for 18 hours and she was exhausted.

“So there is no reason why she would leave the lodge in the night, almost naked. There is no previous episode in her life to suggest she might do something like this.”



Nora, 15, went missing while on a holiday with her family in Malaysia



A police vehicle is seen at an entrance to the Dusun Resort

 

Why was Nora’s body not spotted earlier?

Nora’s unclothed body was discovered on Tuesday some 1.6 miles away from the resort where she had been staying.

Witnesses said she was in “plain sight” and looked like she was sleeping with her head resting on her hands.

It’s believed she had died between two and four days earlier, a post-mortem examination revealed.

This has since raised questions around whether, if this is the case, she would have been found sooner given she was not moving through the jungle during a large part of the 10-day search.

The ravine where she was found was also repeatedly searched by rescue teams during the first seven days of her disappearance.

Police have been unable to adequately explain why she was missed.



Nora’s parents, Sebastien Quoirin and Meabh Quoirin, at a news conference

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Hunt for missing Nora

Was foul play involved?

Nora’s Grandfather Sylvain Quoirin said the family do not want the media to interpret the first result of the autopsy and exclude the idea of any criminal involvement.

He said: “It’s too early to say that.

“Even the place where she was found, two kilometres from the resort, it’s very strange that she could go there by herself alone, so we cannot exclude the criminal hypothesis.”

He added that there are “dark areas that need to be cleared up for the family to be able to grieve in peace”.

Nora’s uncle Pacome Quoirin, a graphic designer, added: “How could she have survived for five days in the jungle without food or water, if you believe the theory that she left the hotel on her own? We remain very dubious.”

Questions have also been raised around the fact Nora was find naked, despite going missing in her underwear.



The Dusun resort Nora went missing from



Nora was found in a ravine around 1.6miles away

 

Did police delay rescue tactics?

While the police and a team of volunteers did search every day in the dense jungle, thermal imaging drones were only used on the sixth day of her disappearance.

By then, disabled Nora had been, presumably, alone and wearing only her underwear in the harsh terrain for almost a week.

Before thermal imaging technology was used, police played messages from Nora’s mother over a loudspeaker on the fifth day of her disappearance.

There has also been questions from the family around the possible dismissal of Mrs Quoirin insistence that Nora would not have left alone and may have been kidnapped.

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