Nora Quoirin’s devastated family say there are ‘dark unanswered questions’ over Brit girl’s death and still believe she was snatched


NORA Quoirin’s family have said there are still “dark” unanswered questions about how she died and maintain she could have been abducted.

Cops revealed the 15-year-old Brit succumbed to “intestinal bleeding” after wandering through the Malaysian jungle as search teams hunted for her – tragically finding her body three days after she died.

Nora Quoirin, 15, vanished from her room while on holiday in Malaysia
Nora vanished from her room while on holiday in Malaysia
Negeri Sembilan Police Chief, Mohamad Mat Yusop told media they had ruled out foul play
Negeri Sembilan Police Chief, Mohamad Mat Yusop told media they had ruled out foul play


Nora’s body was found nine days after she went missing from a holiday resort in Malaysia[/caption]

They have ruled out any foul play but her family have consistently said they can’t believe she walked out on her own and say they cannot grieve until all questions are answered.

Nora – who has learning difficulties – may have been wandering around the jungle alone, frightened and starving for a week after she vanished on August 4.

The schoolgirl’s grandfather Sylvain Quoirin insisted there were “dark areas that need to be cleared up for the family to be able to grieve in peace”.

Mr Quoirin, the mayor of a small town in Burgundy, believes someone put Nora’s body there ‘to get rid of her’, adding: ‘She wasn’t there yet [during previous searches]. Someone put her there.’

“Can you imagine her walking 2.5km, naked and barefoot, over rocks, in the middle of the night? For me, that’s absurd,” he said.

Nora’s uncle Pacome Quoirin, a graphic designer, also voiced his concern that any criminal element has been ruled out.

“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.

“The findings that were announced in no way discredit a criminal act. She could have been kidnapped and fed at the beginning. There is insufficient evidence to jump to definitive conclusions.”

The family’s lawyer Charles Morel said Nora’s parents Meabh, 45, and Sebastien, 47 were treating the autopsy results with caution and were not ruling out any criminal aspect to her disappearance.

He told Irish broadcaster RTE: “We have to be very cautious about the interpretation of the first result of the autopsy.

“The risk is that if you exclude the criminal hypothesis, it’s too early to say that.”

Nora was “very shy, dependent on her mother and its not in her temperament to go out in the night after a long trip in a place she doesn’t know, in the jungle”, said Morel.


He added: “And even the place where she was found, two kilometres from the resort, very strange that she could go there by herself alone so we cannot exclude the criminal hypothesis.

“The family still finds it difficult to understand that she would have gone into the jungle on her own.”

Mr Morel said the family are waiting for the results of DNA analysis, which they hope to have quickly.

“I know the family is very traumatised. They loved their daughter, she was an angel,” he said.

“But they are now concerned about the truth because they owe that to Nora, what happened, how did she die.”

The family’s lawyer also stated that Malaysian authorities “may tend to favour the theory of a disappearance over the criminal hypothesis” in lieu of Malaysia’s good image for tourism.

Nora’s grandfather, Sylvain Quoirin insists on criminal activity and called the authorities’ disappearance hypothesis “absurd.”

“She wasn’t there [during previous searches]. Someone put her there, to get rid of her,” he said.

He added: “Nora was found where people have already searched. If she was alive for that long, then it is possible that she met somebody.

“We cannot exclude anything at this stage.

“In view of the importance of Malaysia’s image for tourism, the authorities may tend to favour the theory of a disappearance over the criminal hypothesis.”

The post-mortem ruled the teen had died from internal bleeding in her intestine after a stomach ulcer burst, following a period of prolonged hunger and stress.

Negeri Sembilan Police Chief, Mohamad Mat Yusop, today said authorities had found no evidence of foul and said the post-mortem also found she had not been sexually abused.

The officer told the Malay Mail that the area where Nora was eventually found had been searched and she may have been moving around as rescue teams tried to locate her.

“We will continue to investigate and find out what really happened,” he said.

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 .

August 14: An initial post-mortem examination inconclusive

August 15: Post-mortem finds that Nora died of intestinal bleeding after a stomach ulcer burst, probably caused by hunger and stress.

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Nora with her mum Meabh, who spoke out previously saying she believes her daughter was abducted[/caption]

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

“Vulnerable” Nora – who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly – is believed to have been dead for up to three days before being found in a spot search crews had already examined.

Prior to the post-mortem findings, French prosecutors had joined the probe – as Nora’s father is French – to investigate whether the teen was kidnapped before her death.

Mr Morel told Le Parisien that the parents had filed a complaint “for kidnapping” and were convinced her disappearance is of “criminal” origin.


Her family paid tribute to the youngster and also thanked people across the world for their support.

“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.”

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.

How stomach ulcers can lead to death

When a stomach ulcer bursts – known by the medical term perforation – it can prove life-threatening.

The ulcer eats through the stomach or intestinal lining and that allows the bacteria that live in the stomach to escape and infect the lining of the abdomen – the peritoneum.

This is known as peritonitis.

Peritonitis can very quickly spread and trigger sepsis or blood poisoning, before spreading to other organs and causing organ failure.

If left untreated, it can prove fatal.

Ulcers can be caused by a range of things, from H.pylori bacteria in the digestive tract to certain medications, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen.

While it’s not a direct cause, extreme stress can make an underlying ulcer worse and make complications like perforation more likely, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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 – devastated when the teen’s body was found[/caption]

The teenager’s family paid tribute to ‘precious’ Nora
Lucie Blackman Trust/Family handout

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.

She was on “trip of a lifetime” with her family including 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.

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

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.

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

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

The Dusun Resort is a 12-acre orchard resort close to the Berembun Forest Reserve in Malaysia
Nora’s body being airlifted by helicopter from the jungle
Members of the search team looking in the jungle for Nora
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