The devastated mother of tragic British schoolgirl Nora Quoirin says there is “compelling evidence” she was abducted in a Malaysian jungle.
The 15-year-old’s mother Meabh said in a television interview that the inquest into her daughter’s death left several questions unanswered.
A coroner ruled that she died as a result of misadventure, a verdict the family said at the time they were “utterly disappointed” with.
Vulnerable French-Irish teenager Nora, whose family live in Balham, south London, disappeared from her room at the Dusun resort on August 4, 2019.
Her body was found 10 days later about one-and-a-half miles away beside a stream on a palm oil estate.
Her mother and father Sebastien Quoirin have always doubted she left the family’s rented cottage in the Malaysian jungle of her own accord as she had difficulty walking and “never went anywhere by herself”.
In an interview with Irish broadcaster RTÉ, Nora’s mother Meabh said there is “compelling evidence” that her daughter was abducted.
Nora was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder affecting brain development.
Her mother Meabh told RTÉ: “One of the most compelling things that we found out was that in a relatively small area, the plantation where Nóra was eventually found, there was vast numbers of specialist personnel deployed to find Nóra.
“Not only that, on four different occasions, trained personnel went to the plantation area and searched it and, in fact, some officers were even in the precise location Nóra’s body was recovered.
“They had all reported that there were no signs of human life at any point. That for us is compelling evidence to say that she was not there by herself.”
Mrs Quoirin added that “there was a lack of evidence around DNA and prints”.
She said the inquest left many questions unanswered but also helped them find out a lot about “what went on during those 10 days when Nóra was missing.
“In fact we felt it really strengthened our case, our belief, that Nóra was abducted and we found some compelling evidence to support our view on that,” she added.
Mrs Quoirin added that her daughter “was not physically or mentally capable” of leaving the chalet via the window.
“Not only that – we also learned that none of her fingerprints could be found on the window and yet other unidentifiable prints were found on that window,” Meabh said.
At the inquest, Malaysian coroner Maimoonah Aid said: “After hearing all the relevant evidence, I have ruled that there was no one involved in the death of Nora Anne.
“On the balance of probabilities I find she died by misadventure, that she had gone out of the Sora House on her own and subsequently got lost in the abandoned palm oil plantation.”
Police previously told the inquest that there was no evidence of criminal activity.
They suggested the tragic teenager had clambered out of a window with a broken latch in her room and wandered off before dying of starvation and internal bleeding.