Crime & Justice

Malaysian coroner rules that Irish teen Nora Quoirin died by ‘misadventure’

Bangkok, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- The judicial investigation into the death of Nora Quoirin, a French-Irish teenager who died in Malaysia last year after going missing on a family holiday, ruled on Monday that she died by “misadventure” without the involvement of others.

The coroner, Maimoonah Aid, ruled out homicide, natural death, and suicide at the end of the inquest, which had been demanded by the 15-year-old’s parents and conducted via videoconference on account of the pandemic.

She said the girl most likely “got lost in the abandoned palm oil plantation.”

“After hearing all the relevant evidence, I rule that there was no one involved in the death of Nora Anne. It is more probable than not that she died by misadventure,” Maimoonah said.

The coroner ruled out that the disappearance of the schoolgirl, whose body was found without any traces of violence, occurred under suspicious circumstances.

Nora’s parents silently heard the ruling after the judicial inquiry, in which more than 60 people testified.

Nora Quoirin arrived in Malaysia with her family on Aug. 3, 2019, for a two week holiday.

But she went missing the next morning from her room at the Dusun hotel, located near a forest reserve in the state of Negeri Sembilan.

Her parents immediately alerted police of the disappearance of the teenager, who was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder that affects brain development.

The family said she “struggles with coordination” and would not have gone anywhere on her own.

After a 10-day search operation, involving more than 350 people, her body was found beside a stream 2.5 km (1.55 miles) from the Dusun Hotel.

Nora’s family first suspected that she had been kidnapped but the autopsy ruled out any signs of violence.

It said she had died two or three days before her body was found due to upper gastrointestinal bleeding from prolonged stress or lack of food. EFE-EPA


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