Nora’s family won’t seek criminal probe, says lawyer

Members of Nora Anne Quoirin’s family at Hospital Tuanku Jaafar in Seremban to identify her body last night. (Bernama pic)

SEREMBAN: The family of an Irish girl whose naked body was found near a jungle stream will not demand a criminal investigation into the incident, their lawyer said today, leaving it up to the police to decide on the next course of action.

Police yesterday found the body of Nora Anne Quoirin, 15, who suffered learning difficulties, 10 days after she went missing from a resort in Seremban.

Results of an autopsy are expected later in the day, police said.

“They won’t press for anything because in this country, even in most countries, it has to be done by the police rather than you pressing for anything,” lawyer SN Nair told Reuters.

“They have to go on evidence. The family is totally distraught. Totally overwhelmed.”

The family had initially suspected a criminal angle to Nora’s disappearance, saying she had special needs and never before left her family voluntarily, according to a statement issued on their behalf by the Lucie Blackman Trust, a British victims’ aid group.

Nora’s mother is from Belfast while her father is French.

France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said last night that the country’s authorities were ready to investigate the circumstances of her death.

Deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor said yesterday an initial investigation revealed no evidence of criminal behaviour but that the police would look at all possibilities.