Rest in peace, Nora Quoirin.
The Quoirin family has confirmed that the body found near the Berembun mountains is indeed that of their special-needs daughter, Nora. Our condolences and prayers go out to her loving family.
Quoirin was reported missing 10 days ago, about two kilometers away from the Dusun resort in Negeri Sembilan, where the family was staying. The 15-year-old’s body was found unclothed yesterday beside a small stream at 1.57pm by a group of volunteer hikers. Although the search and rescue team had combed the area where Quoirin’s body was found several times, they had failed to locate her body till yesterday. The SAR team then airlifted her body to the morgue so the family could identify her and also for the autopsy. The news was confirmed by Datuk Mazlan Mansor, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in Negeri Sembilan, and her body was transferred to the Tunku Jaafar hospital for examination two nights ago. At 9.30am today, forensics personnel consisting of several local and three foreign experts were seen combing the ravine where the 15-year old’s body was found. They later headed for the Seremban hospital where the post mortem examination would be performed.
The innocent plan of a two-week-long vacation in Malaysia ultimately resulted in heartbreak and loss. Quoirin arrived at the Dusun resort on the 3rd of August with her parents and younger brother and sister. The teen was last seen on the night of 4th August when she went to bed and was reported missing by her father at 8 a.m. the next day. She was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder which affects her brain development. Her family is convinced that she was abducted because the teen is not able to go anywhere alone. The search party made up of approximately 359 people looked tirelessly for the missing Irish-French teenager in the lush jungle of Negeri Sembilan.
Nora’s parents, Meabh and Sebastien, put up a reward of RM50,000 (£10,000) on Monday in hopes of finding their precious child. Quoirin’s aunt and uncle set up web pages which raised over £98,000 and £16,000 respectively, for donations to help out with search and rescue for the past 10 days. Unfortunately, her fate was sealed.
With the news confirmed, many offered their deepest condolences and support including the Irish President, Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland) and former world chess champion Gary Kasparov, among others. Higgins thanked Malaysian authorities for their efforts in searching for the missing teenager. The French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, in a statement, has proferred help to the Malaysian authorities investigating her death. Several questions have been asked following Quoirin’s death: Is it murder? What is the motive? And if the family’s hunch of abduction is indeed true, which monster would prey on an innocent special needs child? For now, authorities are keeping mum until the autopsy findings are revealed at 8pm today.
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