A coroner has confirmed that the death of Nora Quoirin, a French-Irish teenager whose body was found near a Malaysian jungle resort after she went missing while on holiday, was most likely due to a mishap.
Murder, natural death and suicide were ruled out by Coroner Maimoonah Help, stating that the 15-year-old possibly got lost after leaving the family hut on her own.
She vanished on Aug. 4, 2019, a day after her family arrived for a holiday at the Dusun eco-resort in the southern state of Negeri Sembilan.
Her body was discovered Aug. 13 next to a stream on a palm oil plantation about 1.6 miles from the resort after an intensive search.
The police claimed that she had climbed on her own out of the cottage window, with no proof of foul play.
But Nora’s parents said she was possibly kidnapped because she was physically and mentally handicapped and would not run away on her own.
The coroner called the possibility a hypothesis and said it would be a breach of her duty without any evidence to speculate about third-party involvement.
When she went missing, Nora was just wearing panties, but her body was found nude.
The coroner acknowledged the family’s argument that this indicated the likelihood of sexual assault, but said that such evidence, or evidence of battle marks or suffocation, could not be identified by a thorough autopsy.
Ms. Assist also said that prior to the abduction of the teen, there were no unusual circumstances, no demands for ransom and no signs of intrusion into the family home.
“I have decided that no one was involved in the death of Nora Anne. It is more likely than not that she died by mishap, meaning that she had left the (cottage) on her own and subsequently got lost in the sprawling palm oil plantation,” said the coroner.
The parents of Nora Anne followed the online verdict from their London home but did not comment immediately.
Over 24 days, a total of 49 witnesses testified to the investigation that started last August and was conducted by videoconference due to the coronavirus pandemic.