Nora’s family ‘shocked’ as case closed into teen found dead in jungle

The parents of a teenager who died on a family holiday in Malaysia say they are “shocked” there will be no further action in the case.
Nora Quoirin, 15, was found dead in August, 10 days after she went missing from the rainforest resort in Seremban where she was staying with her parents and siblings.

A post-mortem found she died from internal bleeding thought to have been caused by prolonged hunger and stress.
However, her family are still puzzled about why she apparently went out alone at night.

Image: Malaysian professionals and volunteers searched for 10 days before finding Nora
Nora – who had learning difficulties – was extremely sensitive and shy and “clung to her parents and sister”, her grandfather has said.


The office of Malaysia’s attorney general said on Friday that her death was being classified as “no further action”.

Her parents, Meabh and Sebastien, said the decision “prevents justice being done”.

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They said: “As we have stressed from the beginning of this case, it is crucial to understand how Nora came to be found where she was.
“As a vulnerable child, with significant physical and mental challenges, we strongly refute any conclusion that Nora was alone for the entire duration of her disappearance.
“We have repeatedly asked the police to clarify answers to our questions in this regard – and we have been repeatedly ignored.
“This stands in stark contrast with the promise of transparency that we received from the deputy prime minister and other prominent officials whom we met in Malaysia.”
Mr and Mrs Quoirin said the decision was based only on a preliminary report from the coroner’s office and meant there would be no inquest into Nora’s death.
They have not seen the full report, which they believe could reveal other details, such as why a severe ulcer was triggered so quickly in their daughter’s body.

Image: Nora’s body was found just over a mile from where she disappeared
Nora’s parents said they were appealing to “the highest levels of Malaysian government as well as the attorney general’s office to assist our quest for the truth”.
The teenager, who was travelling on an Irish passport but whose French-Irish parents had lived in London for 20 years, was born with a brain defect called holoprosencephaly.
Her parents said she could not write more than a few words and was unable to do maths.
Her family discovered she was missing on 4 August, when her father went into her room and found the window open.
After her body was found naked more than a mile away, authorities said there was no evidence of kidnap or sexual assault.
Matthew Searle, chief executive of the Lucie Blackman Trust, which has been helping the family, said: “It seems unbelievable that, in a case that looks so complex and currently unexplained, that any authority could effectively close it down without even waiting for full reports.
“The idea that Nora went off, on her own, seems incredibly unlikely.
“This family need answers and at least deserve an investigation to the greatest lengths available. We are urgently seeking answers from various authorities – Nora’s death needs to be explained.”

Source : Sky News