The death of Nora Quoirin: Was she lost or abducted?


PARIS: The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened a criminal probe into the death of an Irish-French girl, whose body was found near a jungle stream in Malaysia, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

The remains of Nora Anne Quoirin, 15, were found on Tuesday, 10 days after she went missing from a rainforest resort in Seremban.

An autopsy begun yesterday had yet to conclude, Malaysian police said, adding that forensic pathologists were still working to determine the cause of Quoirin’s death.

The Paris prosecutor had opened a criminal investigation into Quoirin’s case for kidnapping on August 9, a spokeswoman told Reuters in a text message.

French prosecutors regularly launch investigations on cases involving French citizens abroad. Nora’s mother is from Belfast while her father is French.

Malaysia’s Negri Sembilan state police chief Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop declined to comment on the French probe.

Quoirin’s family lawyer Sankara N. Nair had earlier called on Malaysian police to accept an offer by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to help investigate the circumstances of the girl’s death.

It’s a very good proposal. I hope police will accept the assistance,” Nair told Reuters.

Quoirin’s naked body was found in a deep ravine, about 2.5km from The Dusun resort, where she had disappeared a day after her family arrived for a holiday there on August 3.

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NORA Quoirin’s parents want to know whether cops missed her body or it was dumped later as it emerged teams had already searched the area where it was found.

Earlier Meabh, 45, and Sebastien, 47, identified a naked body found near an isolated jungle waterfall as their missing 15-year-old daughter.

However, the family’s spokesman Matthew Searle, of the Lucie Blackman Trust, said on Tuesday night that  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?”

The body was found in an area that had previously been searched, admitted Malaysia’s Deputy Inspector General of Police Mazn Mazlan.

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

Det Insp Mazlan confirmed a criminal investigation was still on-going alongside a missing persons inquiry.

He said he could not comment on whether someone else could have been involved in the tragedy or whether Nora had suffered any injuries.

He said the area had already been searched but a group of volunteers helping with the hunt came across the body after being tipped off.

“The stream was about 1.2km deep in the ravine,” he said.

Malaysian publication The Star reported the search and rescue team received a call from a member of the public at around 1pm, and a team was sent to the area near a waterfall.

Nora’s parents visited the site where the body was discovered, said the Lucie Blackman trust.


The Tenth Day: 13 August 2019














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