Nora Anne Inquest: 29 Premises Suspected in Search for Teen

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The Seremban Coroner’s Court was today told that 29 premises, including private resorts, were inspected by the Negri Sembilan Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for clues to the location of Irish-French teenager Nora Anne Quoirin who went missing on Aug 4, 2019.

Ampang Jaya district police deputy chief Superintendent Mohd Azam Ismail, who is the 14th witness in the inquest proceedings to determine the actual cause of the teenager’s death, said the premises included seven villas at the Shorea resort, located near the Dusun Resort where Nora Anne and her family were staying upon their arrival in Malaysia on Aug 3, 2019.

He said the police also inspected five private villas, four of which were occupied, and nine private premises and resorts, with only five of them occupied and four others vacant.

“We also inspected the eight villas at The Dusun Resort, including one occupied by the resort owner,” he said when testifying on the eighth day of the proceedings before coroner Maimoonah Aid today.

To a question from deputy public prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad, who is also the inquest coordinating officer, on other instructions given to him in the investigation, Mohd Azam, who was then the Negeri Sembilan CID’s Serious Crimes staff officer, said his team was also instructed to interview Forestry Department officers at the foot of Gunung Berembun for any indication of the teenager’s location.

“However, we were informed that the missing person did not enter the area,” he added.

Mohd Azam told the court that his team was also tasked with investigating the background of Nora Anne’s family members; as well as to profile the witnesses, including former guests, especially those who had stayed at the resort prior to the incident.

“The profiling involved the family of the complainant (Dusun Resort manager Haanim Ahmed Bamadhaj), employees and former employees of the resort, locals who were in the vicinity of the resort on the day of the incident, and those who had stayed at The Dusun.

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“The profiling (was done) because we did not have other leads with which to proceed with the investigation, thus we profiled all the witnesses to get new information on individuals based on information, such as criminal records, vehicle records and their backgrounds.

“However, there was no indication (of new leads),” he said.

To a question from coroner Maimoonah on the outcome of the investigations on Nora Anne’s parents, Mohd Azam said he found that they had no criminal records.

The inquest proceedings ran from Aug 24 until Aug 27 and continued from Sept 1 until today.

A total of 64 witnesses are testifying, with 14 of them having been called.

Nora Anne, 15, went missing on Aug 4 last year, a day after she and her family arrived in Malaysia for a two-week holiday at The Dusun Resort in Pantai, here.

Nora Anne’s body was found nine days later on Aug 13, near a stream in a hilly area, about 2.5 km from the resort, following a massive search.

A preliminary post-mortem report revealed that there was no criminal element in Nora Anne’s death; and that the teenager had died of gastrointestinal bleeding, due to prolonged stress and hunger.

Coroner Maimoonah adjourned the proceeding to Sept 14.