SEREMBAN: The family of a French-Irish teenager who died after disappearing from a jungle resort here, initially suspected that she was kidnapped, the inquest was told today.
Last year, the body of 15-year-old Nora Anne Quoirin, who had learning difficulties, was discovered unclothed in the rainforest. Police had insisted there was no foul play but her parents pushed for an inquest.
Senior police official Mohamad Nor Marzukee Besar, who played a key role in the search, said today that her London-based family believed she was in one of three houses near the Dusun Resort.
“Family members said the child had been abducted and identified the three houses where she might be held. We searched the houses but did not find anything,” he told the court.
Marzukee said the teen’s family had also told police at the time that she could not walk more than 20ft (6m) on her own.
A hut deep in the jungle was also investigated after the resort owner said the girl could have been taken there, but only found a man sleeping at the site, he said.
Quoirin disappeared from the resort on Aug 4 last year, triggering a 10-day hunt involving helicopters, sniffer dogs and hundreds of searchers. An autopsy found that she probably starved and died of internal bleeding after spending about a week in the rainforest.
On Monday, the first day of the inquest, a police officer said he did not believe the teen was kidnapped after inspecting the house where she stayed with her family and thought that she had climbed out of a window.
The teenager’s parents were not able to attend the inquest in person due to the pandemic, but are following it via a videoconferencing platform.