The tragic mystery death of a vulnerable British teenager Nora Quoirin who went missing in a Malaysia jungle did not involve a third party, a coroner has ruled.
The 15-year-old Irish-French holidaymaker disappeared from her family’s cottage at the Dusun eco-resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state, Malaysia, on August 4, 2019.
The family, from Balham, southwest London, had only arrived on holiday the day before.
Nora’s body was found on August 13 beside a stream on a palm oil estate about 1.6 miles from the resort.
Malaysian coroner Maimoonah Aid had been due to make a decision between December 31 and January 4.
Police previously told the inquest that there was no evidence of criminal activity.
They suggested the tragic teenager had clambered out of a window in her room and wandered off.
Mum Maebh Quoirin was adamant someone had abducted her child, arguing it was near impossible for Nora to push open and climb out of the window due to her disabilities.
She was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder which affects brain development leaving Nora with learning disabilities and struggling with balance and coordination.
“I have a number of very precise reasons to believe that my daughter was kidnapped. How or why, I’m not qualified to say,” Ms Quoirin told the coroner.
A broken latch meant the window wasn’t locked.
Ms Aid said the teenager had more than likely become lost after exiting the cottage, and ruled out murder, natural death and suicide.
She added there was simply no evidence of third-party involvement despite the claims of Nora’s parents.
The inquest began in August and had involved dozens of witness accounts.
Nathaniel Cary, who is British and performed a second autopsy on the body of Nora in the UK, said in November he agreed with Malaysian officials that the teenager had died of intestinal bleeding due to starvation and stress.
He added, while there was no positive evidence she was sexually assaulted, he could not rule it out due to the severe decomposition of her body.
Following an extensive search, Nora’s naked remains were found in rough terrain, with no shoes but with no cuts to her feet.
Negeri Sembilan police chief Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop said the teenager was found lying face up at the bottom of steep rocky slopes by a stream.
It was unclear what happened to her underwear, but police had previously said the autopsy showed no sign she was sexually assaulted.
However, Mr Cary said he could not rule out the possibility that her body may have been placed there after her death.
Rescuers had previously searched the location where Nora’s body was found when she went missing.
He also agreed that there was no evidence Nora had suffered any major falls in the rough terrain despite her physical disabilities.
But he said the multiple cuts and scratches on the schoolgirl’s body indicated she had moved through dense undergrowth.
Nora’s heartbroken parents have sued the resort owner for alleged negligence.
They claim there was no security there and that the window with a broken latch was found ajar the morning Nora disappeared.
The jungle resort had no CCTV and no security lights so their customers “could see the stars”.