Nora Quoirin found dead and naked in jungle ‘wasn’t kidnapped’, inquest hears

A Brit schoolgirl whose dead naked body was mysteriously found in a Malaysian jungle was not kidnapped, an inquest was told.

The body of 15-year-old Nora Quoirin was found in the rainforest 10 days after she went missing on a family trip of a lifetime.

The schoolgirl, from London who had learning difficulties, was found naked more than a week after she vanished from her bedroom at the Dasun Resort last August.

Her parents, Meabh and Sebastian Quoirin, have always suspected criminal involvement their daughter's death.

But the strange and tragic tale took another turn as the leading detective in the hunt for the Brit teen said there was no foul play.

Police chief Mat Yusop told the inquest on Monday: “The only clue being a slightly ajar window at the loft on the upper floor where she slept.

“There was no indication the victim was kidnapped.

"We did not receive any telephone calls – usually in this kind of case we will get a call to say the victim has been kidnapped and is in the hands of certain people, and they would demand a ransom.

"I believe the missing person actually climbed out of the window."

Nora’s parents have consistently said their daughter would not wander off alone.

The teenager was found 10 days after she disappeared with some scratches on her legs – but it has been ruled that the injuries were not related to her death.

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She was found naked a kilometre away from their villa in rough terrain with no shoes but with no cuts to her feet.

A coroner said she likely starved in the jungle in the period she was missing and she died of internal bleeding.

The lawyer for Nora’s parents, asked the detective: “She was found unclothed, without footwear yet there were no serious scars or injuries to her soles?”

The police boss agreed, adding: “No, only some minor bruises.”

They heard that apart from insect bites, there were no “serious visible external injuries”.

Mr Mat Yusop added: "The family was distraught when I met them. I assured the father we will use all our resources to find the missing girl."

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The resort's owner, Haanim Ahmed Bamadhaj, said the window Nora is said to have climbed from had a broken latch.

It had been disassembled and presented to the court.

And the owner was quizzed on why there was a lack of CCTV and lighting.

She said: “The gate is locked at night.

“The fencing is not properly complete between the neighbours we’re not supposed to have fencing.

“There is no CCTV, the one at the gate is only to show us if the gate is opened or closed and the button is in the office.

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“We try not to have too much light pollution because we want to see the stars.

“The whole idea of the Dusun is that the houses are open to the view, you can feel the fresh air from the jungle inside the house. We don’t have TV.

“It is for people who want privacy and do not want air con and want to feel our beautiful humid air.”

Hannim explained the latch on the window of the loft had been faulty, saying: “This results with the window being opened with a slight push and can be opened from the outside.”

Her parents, who pushed for the inquest to get answers, will give evidence via Zoom due to travel restrictions.

Mr and Mrs Quoirin said previously they believe the police operation wasted crucial time at the start of the hunt for their daughter.

Nora, who was born with a brain defect, would not be found for 10 days after she vanished.

Speaking to RTE news in Ireland, Nora’s Irish mother said: “I think it wouldn't be out of character, for us it would be impossible physically, mentally to imagine that she could have got any distance at all.

"And for us, something very complex happened.

"We've insisted from the beginning that we believe there was a criminal element to what happened.

“And crucially we were struggling because it was difficult to get the resources in place fast enough to explore a criminal angle.

"And, you know, we believe that crucial time and evidence was lost in the beginning."

The inquest continues.

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