Nora Quoirin’s mum slams ‘arrogant’ cops who ‘lost vital evidence while telling her to “relax and let us do our job”’

NORA Quoirin's mum has blasted "arrogant" cops who may have lost vital evidence in the days following her daughter's disappearance.

The body of Nora, 15 who had a brain development disorder, was found in the Malaysian jungle in August last year – nine days after she vanished.

 And despite local police insisting the disabled teenager left her family's holiday chalet by herself, her parents believe she was kidnapped.

After telling an inquest that she had heard "muffled voices" in the cottage – 40 miles south of Kuala Lumpur – mum Meabh Quoirin said she was unhappy with the police investigation into the teen's disappearance.

She said cops were more focused on search and rescue, and only started looking for fingerprints and interviewing staff several days later, by which time many people had passed through the property.

As a result, key evidence could have been missed.

Belfast-born Meabh also said that the officer sent to take her statement struggled to speak English and that she had to explain herself repeatedly.

Some senior officials who later approached her were also "quite rude and arrogant", telling her to be calm and let police do their job, she said.

Speaking via video link from her home in Balham, London, Meabh said: "My own understanding was the dominant commitment was in search and rescue, and it took a long time to explore any criminal route.

"I believe that criminal evidence, if it existed, would have been lost during that time."

Nora was reported missing on August 4 last year, the day after the family arrived at the resort, after her father Sebastien discovered she was missing.

The 15-year-old had been sharing a double bed in the loft of the chalet with her sister Innes, 12, while her parents slept downstairs.

Meabh says her younger daughter woke up near dusk to use the toilet and noticed Nora was missing but assumed she had gone to sleep with her parents.

Nora was born with 'holoprosencephaly', a disorder which affects the development of the brain.

Her parents say she was "highly submissive" and may not have cried for help. This would also explain the reason there were no signs of struggle on her body, they say.

Following a huge search operation, the teenager was found dead without clothes near a jungle stream less than two miles away from the resort.

Malaysian authorities believe Nora opened a window in the family's chalet herself and then walked through the rainforest unaided – a theory her family have rejected.

Meabh said her daughter had "a lot of physical challenges" and had issues with her motor skills and her balance and coordination.

Nora had problems with her "core strength", weighed 4st7lbs and had a mental age of "five or six", her mum told the inquest.

The distraught mum asked why the "state of her body did not reflect that of someone constantly moving or exposed to the harshest of elements?"

She continued: "I don't want to speculate on the motivation of the abduction.

"It is possible and reasonable to believe that any plan that was conceived at any point may have to change by the sheer volume of attention focused on Nora's case.

"I believe that Nora could have subsequently been released by her captors."

Testifying at the inquest into her death today, Nora's father Sebastien Quoirin said he also "heard some muffled noise coming from the chalet" late at night on the day the London-based family arrived.

He said: "I could feel it was close… I cannot describe the nature of the noise."

The 48-year-old Frenchman did not get up to investigate, however, saying he was in a "state of semi-consciousness".

They discovered their daughter was missing the next morning.

A window latch on the chalet was broken, but the teen's dad did not believe she could have climbed out alone as she struggled with mobility and balance.

"She has no survival instincts. I could not understand how she could have got out of the chalet and ventured out of the resort herself," he said.

He said the teen's feet were uninjured when her body was discovered, which would be unusual if she spent days wandering in the jungle, and believes she could have been kidnapped and then dumped.

"The abductors could have realised she was a liability following the extensive police search and widespread media attention," he said.

An autopsy found the teen had probably starved and died of internal bleeding — but her family pushed for the inquest, which is expected to continue into December.

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