Negri Sembilan police today reiterated there was no criminal element in the disappearance of Nora Anne Quoirin, despite recent claims from her parents.
The 15-year-old went missing from the Dusun Resort, located in Jelebu near Seremban, on August 4, a day after checking in for a holiday with her London-based family.
Nora’s body was discovered after a 10-day hunt through dense rainforest, in a ravine about 2.5km from the resort where she had been staying.
“There was no criminal element found, as concluded by our investigation and based on the autopsy conducted by pathologists at the Seremban Hospital,” said state deputy police chief SAC Che Zakaria Othman when contacted.
Zakaria reportedly said he was unsure how the parents of the Irish-Franco teenager came to their conclusion of there being criminal element in the case.
He affirmed that his officers were well aware of Nora’s condition.
“We knew she was special and had special needs,” he said.
In an interview with Irish broadcaster RTE, Meabh and Sebastian Quoirin believed there was a “criminal element” to their daughter’s disappearance, which police classified as a missing-person case.
They said that Nora, who had learning difficulties, would not have been able to wander that far in the rainforest and they believed Malaysian authorities did not understand the fact that Nora had special needs.
“For us, something very complex happened. We have insisted from the beginning that we believe there was a criminal element to what happened,” they said in the interview.
The results of an autopsy found Nora likely starved and died of internal bleeding after about a week in the jungle, police had said in August, adding there was no indication she was abducted or sexually assaulted.
However, Nora Anne’s father, Sebastien Quoirin, told Irish paper Independence that the results did not explain how his daughter, who had learning disabilities, could have ended up naked in the ravine.
Her mother, Meabh Quoirin, also said that Nora Anne was “very shy” and “would not venture beyond the family’s front door on her own, let alone wander off into a jungle”.
“We are determined to have this inquest,” Sebastien was quoted as saying.
“We’re hopeful that the French, the Irish and British governments will support us. I think it’s a basic human right and democratic duty to find some truth and justice to what happened.”
Nora Anne’s body was discovered by a group of hikers who volunteered to help in the search and rescue mission.
Hundreds of people including elite police commandos, helicopters and sniffer dogs joined the huge search for the schoolgirl.
It was also said that shamans and religious teachers were called in to help rescuers to locate the girl.
The family’s lawyer in Malaysia, SN Nair, previously said that a copy of the post-mortem report would be sent to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for him to decide whether there is a need for an inquest.