The devastated parents of Nora Quoirin want to know if their daughter’s body was ‘dumped’ and whether there was criminal involvement in her tragic death.
The schoolgirl, who has special needs, disappeared on August 4 from an eco-resort in Dusun, Malaysia, where she was staying with her parents and two siblings.
Her body was found yesterday by a hiking group at the foot of the ravine next to a swamp and waterfall – about a mile and a half from the hotel where she went missing in Malaysia 10 days earlier.
The family’s spokesman Matthew Searle, of the Lucie Blackman Trust, said parents Meabh, 45, and Sebastien, 47, still have “a large amount of questions”.
He said: “One of those questions is, has the body been there all the time or is there a criminal involvement?
“Was the body dumped there afterwards?”
Malaysian lawyer Sankara N Nair, who has been hired by Nora’s parents to act on their behalf, today spoke outside the mortuary where her autopsy is now being carried out.
When asked how the parents are coping, he said: “They are in a highly traumatic situation.
“They are distraught. It is difficult. They are really distraught and in grief to lose a child.”
He added: “The family expresses their greatest gratitude to the police and search and rescue.
“I’m still waiting for the next course of action when the post mortem is done.”
When asked if he believes there is any criminality involved in her death, he said: “At this stage it is impossible to even deduce anything or to make any assumption until the post mortem result is out.”
Asked when he was hired by the family, he said: “I have been engaged from the second day after Nora went missing.
“I just didn’t emerge as an official lawyer as they were searching and there was no need for the lawyer to be publicised or inform.
“Now that there is a finding of the remains, I thought it best to come in the open.”
Nora suffered from debilitating brain condition holoprosencephaly, which caused her difficulty walking, balancing and looking after herself.
She was found in an area previously combed by a multi-national team including hundreds of search-and-rescue experts, a helicopter and drones fitted with thermal-imaging equipment.
It raised questions about why she was not spotted there before and police would not rule out foul play over her death.
It is understood Nora had been wearing underwear when she went missing – but police said she was found “completely naked”.
Malaysia’s deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor confirmed a criminal investigation was still on-going alongside a missing persons inquiry.
He said he could not comment on whether someone else could have been involved in the tragedy or whether Nora had suffered any injuries.
A postmortem is due to be carried out and any further investigations will depend on the outcome.
A statement today by the Dusun resort where Nora was staying said: “The Dusun family and staff would like to convey our deepest condolences to the family of Nora Quoirin on her demise.
“We are devastated by the turn of events and we would like to extend our support and assistance in whatever way possible to the Quoirins during these very difficult times.
“We deeply regret that this has happened to the Quoirins during their stay here.
“We will continue to provide our fullest cooperation to the authorities in their investigation.”