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

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.


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."


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.


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