A volunteer in the search for Nora Anne Quoirin has questioned how the Franco-Irish teenager could have reached the ravine where her body was discovered, reports the UK’s Daily Mail.
The volunteer, who was unnamed, said the barefoot 15-year-old, who had suffered physical and mental disabilities since birth, would have found it impossible to cross the arduous jungle terrain.
The volunteer also described the treacherous gradients and dense vegetation surrounding the area where Nora was found 10 days after going missing from the villa she was holidaying with her family in Seremban.
“Nora couldn’t have got there by herself,” the volunteer was quoted as saying.
“I struggled to walk. The path is difficult even for an able-bodied person.
“Dense vegetation snags your feet. The average gradient of the slopes where Nora was found range from 20% to 40%. You have to cross two reasonably deep streams to reach the area where she was found.
“The terrain by the stream is very slippery. The roots and rocks are wet. My boots were destroyed by the end and Nora was barefoot. I can’t imagine how she could have walked to the place where she was found,” he said.
The report said the volunteer’s testimony generated more doubts over the police theory that Nora reached the site alone after wandering off from her room in the holiday chalet in the dead of night.
Meanwhile, another source has been reported in The Mirror as saying that Nora’s family have called for a second post-mortem to take place outside of Malaysia.
Her mother Meabh, 45, and father Sebastien, 47, want to be sure no vital evidence has been missed about the 15-year-old’s death.
“They are deliberating. They need to decide whether they would ask for it to be done in Malaysia or elsewhere.”
It has been suggested that the second autopsy would be carried out either in the UK or in France where investigations are still ongoing.
However, concerns have been raised to the admissibility of any evidence that may be found, if discovered outside of Malaysia.
Meanwhile, the family has claimed Nora’s body from the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital in Seremban, Negri Sembilan at 12.42am today.
It is learnt that the body has been taken to Kuala Lumpur International Airport but the final destination is unknown.
Nora’s body was found on Tuesday about 2.5km from the where she and her family were staying.
The Quoirins reported her missing on August 4, a day after they had checked in for a two-week holiday.
A post-mortem revealed that Nora had died of gastrointestinal bleeding due to starvation and stress. She had been dead two or three days when her body was found.
Police have ruled out foul play. – TMI
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