A London schoolgirl who disappeared in a Malaysian forest survived for six days before dying of starvation, an inquest has heard.
15-year-old Nora Quoirin’s body was found naked on August 13, last year, after she went missing during a family holiday in southern Negeri Sembilan.
She had been dead for four days before rescuers found her in a stream at the bottom of a rocky slope, around 2.5km from where the family had been staying at the Dusun rainforest eco resort.
A coroner ruled that the teenager was not sexually assaulted and a post-mortem found she died from internal bleeding in her intestines, following a period of starvation and stress, reported the Mirror.
Nora, who had mental and physical disabilities, vanished from the area close to the rainforest resort on August 3, where she was staying with her parents and siblings.
A 350-strong rescue operation was launched, including volunteers, sniffer dogs and a shaman, and Nora’s body was found 10 days later.
Giving evidence, head of forensics Noor Aidora Saedon, told the coroner today that Nora had died four days before she was discovered by hikers.
An autopsy took place less than an hour after the schoolgirl’s body was airlifted from the water, heard the inquest.
The expert reportedly told the court: ‘The body may have been exposed to the elements, differing night-and-day temperatures, partially submerged in a flowing stream… these are conditions which are also taken into consideration when analysing samples and preparing the report.
‘There was no foreign matter lifted or found on the outside of the body to indicate a foreign DNA.
‘In short, we have done the analysis as thoroughly as I could and we could not find any foreign DNA on the body.’
It was heard last week that Nora, who was born with the brain condition holoprosencephaly, was not kidnapped and that the police investigation found no criminal element in her death.
Nora’s parents Meabh and Sebastian Quoirin said during her disappearance that she would not have wandered off on her own.
The court heard how Nora and her two younger sisters, aged eight and 12, were approached by an unknown man at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Father Sebastien left the girls for less than five minutes, taking about 30 steps, when he went to meet his wife at a separate gate, after she flew in separately.
But police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop said he believed the schoolgirl climbed out of her bedroom window, which the resort’s owner said had a broken latch.
The police chief added: ‘We did not receive any telephone calls – usually in this kind of case we will get a call to say the victim has been kidnapped and is in the hands of certain people, and they would demand a ransom’.
The hearing continues.
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