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Thursday 23 January 2020

Tragic Nora's parents meet Irish officials in push for inquiry

Teenager Nora Quoirin. Photo: Lucie Blackman Trust/Family handout
Teenager Nora Quoirin. Photo: Lucie Blackman Trust/Family handout

The parents of teenager Nora Quoirin, who was found dead in a Malaysian jungle while on a family holiday, have met with Irish Government officials.

Meabh and Sebastian Quoirin have asked the Department of Foreign Affairs for assistance as they call for Malaysian authorities to carry out an in-depth inquiry into the disappearance and death of their daughter.

Nora (15) was found dead in August following a 10-day search around the jungle resort of Dusun after she disappeared from the house where she and her family were staying. Her body was found 2km away.

Following the meeting yesterday, a spokesman for the department said: "The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade continues to provide ongoing consular assistance in this case."

A post-mortem examination revealed Nora died from internal bleeding, probably caused by hunger and stress.

However, the authorities in Malaysia have yet to release the full post-mortem report to the family.

Abducted

In an interview with RTE on Tuesday, Ms Quoirin said she still has many questions about her daughter's death.

When Nora disappeared from her hotel room, her parents feared she had been abducted, insisting she would not have wandered off by herself.

However, police in Malaysia said they found no evidence of abduction or kidnapping.

Ms Quoirin said during the interview that it would have been "impossible physically, mentally to imagine that she could have got any distance at all".

"For us, something very complex happened," she added.

"We have insisted from the beginning that we believe there was a criminal element to what happened.

"And crucially, we're strugg-ling because it was difficult to get resources in place fast enough to investigate a criminal angle.

"While a post-mortem when it comes through may give us answers, and has already given us some basic answers around what caused Nora's death, it doesn't explain any of how she could possibly have got to where she was found."

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