Nora Quoirin died from ‘intestinal damage’ likely to have been caused by prolonged hunger and stress, cops say

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NORA Quoirin died from “intestinal damage” likely to have been caused by prolonged hunger and stress, cops have revealed today.

The 15-year-old‘s naked remains were discovered by hikers near an isolated jungle waterfall nine days after she vanished from holiday resort in Malaysia.

Nora was found by a group of volunteer hikers near a waterfall after she was missing for nine days in Malaysia
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Nora with her mum Meabh who spoke out previously saying she believes her daughter was abducted[/caption]

But Malaysian authorities said they had found no evidence of foul play after a 12 hour post-mortem.

Emergency services had launched a massive search through the jungle after Nora went missing on August 4 – with hikers finding her body in a spot already examined.

Nora’s parents Meabh, 45, and Sebastien, 47, demanded answers about what happened to their daughter after the devastating discovery amid fears she could have been abducted and her body dumped later.

A lawyer representing the family in France told Le Parisien that the parents filed a complaint “for kidnapping” and are convinced her disappearance is of “criminal” origin.

Paying tribute to the teenager who had “truly touched the world”, her family said: “The cruelty of her being taken away is unbearable. Our hearts are broken.”


What’s the latest… 

  • Nora Quoirin went missing while on holidays with her family in Malaysia on August 4
  • Authorities launched a search through thick jungle for the teen, who had learning difficulties
  • Two weeks after her disappearance, the body of Nora was found – with hikers who made the heart-wrenching discovery saying she “looked like she was sleeping”
  • Cops admitted they may have missed her on first search of Malaysian jungle
  • Her family have now demanded to know if her body had been dumped in ravine

The family’s spokesman Matthew Searle, of the Lucie Blackman Trust, said they still have “a large amount of questions”.

He said: “One of those questions is, has the body been there all the time or is there a criminal involvement? Was the body dumped there afterwards?”

French prosecutors have joined the probe – as Nora’s father is French – to investigate whether the teen was kidnapped before her death.

Forensic teams also returned to the area where Nora, who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly and was described by her family as “vulnerable”, was found.

Timeline of Nora's disappearance

August 3: Nora arrives in Malaysia with her parents and siblings

August 4: Nora found to be missing from bed

August 5: More than 120 officials are deployed to search for teenager

August 6: Nora’s family reveal they suspect she was abducted

August 7: Search is upped to include helicopters, drones, sniffer dogs and more than 215 people

August 8: Recordings of Nora’s mother’s voice played into jungle

August 9: Drones equipped with heat detection deployed

August 10: Police narrow search area

August 11: Hotline activated in Malaysia for public tip-offs

August 12: Family offer £10,000 reward donated by Belfast businessman

August 13: Nora’s naked body is found near waterfall

August 14: Postmortem examinations begin

The waterfall near where the teen's body was tragically found after more than a week searching
The waterfall near where the teen’s body was tragically found after more than a week searching
The Malaysian police chief said there was no sign of foul play
The Malaysian police chief said there was no sign of foul play

It is understood Nora had been wearing underwear when she went missing – but police said when she was found she was “completely naked”.

The officer who has been leading the hunt, Datuk Mazlan Mansor, said she was found in a stream running through a ravine, adding: “The stream was about 1.2km deep in the ravine,” he said.

A volunteer taking part in the search, Sean Yeap, revealed that the body had not been covered in any foliage.

In a tribute to Nora, her family said: “We thank the local people here and those far and wide for their prayers and support at this time.

“Nora has brought people together, especially from France, Ireland, Britain and Malaysia, united in their love and support for her and her family.

“To all our friends and family at home, we can’t thank you enough for all your love.

“Nora is at the heart of our family. She is the truest, most precious girl and we love her infinitely.

“We will always love our Nora.”

Nora’s aunt Eadaoin Agnew arriving at a hospital where the teenager’s body was identified by her family
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Meabh Quoirin had made a heartbreaking appeal for her daughter’s safe return[/caption]

Nora’s parents visited the site where her body was found and later identified her body at the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital.

The teenager was discovered missing from her bedroom at the Dusun eco-resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state on the morning of Sunday August 4, with the window left open.

Her parents have always insisted their daughter wouldn’t have wandered off alone, so they believed she was abducted.

She was on family holiday with her sister Innes, 12 and brother Maurice, eight, at the time of her disappearance.

The teen had only arrived the day earlier with her parents and two siblings at the resort – in a nature reserve near Seremban, 39 miles south of the capital Kuala Lumpur.

A volunteer searcher told the MailOnline Nora had told her parents she was “excited” about seeing a waterfall.

Nora Quoirin, 15, vanished from her room while on holiday in Malaysia
Nora vanished from her room while on holiday in Malaysia
The hospital where the postmortem examination was carried out
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Nora’s body being airlifted by helicopter from the jungle
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Members of the search team looking in the jungle for Nora
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An area was sealed off as officers worked to confirm the identity of the body found[/caption]

Nora’s parents are an Irish-French couple who have lived in London for about 20 years.

Their trip to Malaysia was the start of a two-week “trip of a lifetime”.

Nora’s parents discovered her missing from her room at the Dusun resort last Sunday morning after putting her to bed the night before wearing only her undergarments.

The Dusun is a 12-acre orchard resort next to the Berembun Forest Reserve – 4,000 acres of protected virgin forest rising to 3,900 feet.

There are two small villages near the resort where the majority of residents work in farming of the local land.


Nearly 350 people were involved in a massive search operation that included sniffer dogs, elite commando forces and thermal detectors.

Police officers from the UK, Ireland and France also went to Malaysia to help in the search, for Nora, who was born with a brain defect.

Shamans were even brought in to pray for her safe return and video footage showed them praying cross legged on the jungle floor.

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The desperate search for Nora

August 4: Nora is reported missing after her father discovers she is not in her bedroom at the Dusun Resort at around 8am on Sunday.

The window was also open in the room that Nora had been sharing with her two siblings.

August 5: Missing persons charity The Lucie Blackman Trust says that Malaysian police are treating Nora’s disappearance as a potential abduction, but officers deny there is any foul play involved.

August 6: Nora’s family say they believe her to have been abducted.

“She never goes anywhere by herself. We have no reason to believe she wandered off and is lost.”

August 7: Police say they are analysing unidentified fingerprints an open window and in a downstairs hall  found in the family’s hotel suite.

August 9: Police investigate whether footprints found in the forest where Nora went missing belong to the missing teen. Her family say she wouldn’t have wandered off on her own.

August 10: Nora’s family thank the search teams involved since the teenager’s disappearance.

August 11: Hundreds of rescuers still involved in the search operation a week after she disappeared.

August 12: A visibly emotional Mrs Quoirin makes a further appeal for her daughter to return home.

“Nora is our first child. She has been vulnerable since the day she was born.

“She is so precious to us and our hearts are breaking. We are appealing to anyone who has information about Nora to help us find her.”

A reward of £10,000 – donated by an anonymous Belfast business – is made available for information leading to Nora’s safe return.

August 13: A body is found and police said Nora’s parents confirmed it was her .

The Dusun Resort is a 12-acre orchard resort close to the Berembun Forest Reserve in Malaysia

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