Nora Quoirin’s family release statement after coroner rules death as ‘misadventure

In this image from video released by Malaysian Judiciary Meabh Quoirin and Sebastian Quoirin center frame mother and father of missing schoolgirl Nora Anne Quoirin attend the verdict for inquest into the death of the Irish French teenager Monday Jan

The family of a London schoolgirl found dead during a holiday in a Malaysian jungle said they were "utterly disappointed" in a coroner's verdict of death through misadventure.

But judges in Seremban refused to reopen an investigation into her death after the local coroner said there was no evidence of any foul play.

Right after an extensive search, her human body was found on August 13 beside a stream on a palm oil estate about 1.6 miles from the vacation resort.

They feared possible DNA evidence was lost because of the lapsed time and the finding of her body in water, and noted a lack of major physical damage to her body if she truly walked through the rough terrain.

Coroner Maimoonah Aid in her verdict in the inquest of Nora Anne's death said that after hearing all the relevant evidence, she held that there was no one involved in her death.

Maimoonah also said there were no suspicious circumstances prior to the teenager's disappearance, no ransom request and no signs of intrusion into the family's cottage.

The teen likely left the family accommodation "on her own and subsequently got lost in the abandoned palm oil plantation", she said.

Police insisted there was no foul play and an autopsy conducted in Malaysia found that she probably starved and died of internal bleeding after days in the jungle.

Nora's parents have long suspected a third party of being involved in her death and have previously criticised the Malaysian authorities handling of the case.

But the parents of the teenager, who was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder which affects brain development and causes learning disabilities and balance problems, maintained that she would never have climbed out of the window of their holiday chalet in the middle of the night and wandered off. Nonetheless, we are utterly disappointed by the Coroner's verdict of misadventure.

"It is indeed our view that to know Nóra would be to know that she was simply incapable of hiding in undergrowth, climbing out a window and/or making her way out of a fenced resort in the darkness unclothed", said the statement, released by victims' advocacy group LBT Global.

Nora's dad Sebastien also testified hearing "muffled noises" coming from Nora's chalet on the night of her disappearance. Her remains were discovered 10 days later, approximately two kilometres from where she was last seen.

A total of 48 witnesses, including the teenager's parents, Meabh Jaseprine Quoirin and Sebastien Quoirin, testified during the inquest proceedings which began on August 24 a year ago.



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