A London schoolgirl who vanished in a Malaysian jungle survived six days before she died of starvation, an inquest heard.
Fifteen-year-old Nora Quoirin’s naked body was found lying in a stream at the bottom of a rocky slope last August.
A coroner was told by a forensic expert today that Nora had NOT been the victim of a sexual assault.
A post-mortem has ruled the teen had died from internal bleeding in her intestine following a period of prolonged hunger and stress.
“Vulnerable” Nora, who was born with the holoprosencephaly, an abnormality in brain development, arrived in Malaysia with her family on August 3rd.
Hours later she vanished from the Dusun rainforest resort where she had been staying with her parents and two siblings.
The eco resort is about 45 miles from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
When her parents discovered Nora missing the police were alerted and a massive search launched.
The area where Nora was eventually found ten days later, was about a mile-and-a-half away from the resort.
Last week a coroner heard how that area had been searched twice before, on August 7th and August 8th.
More than 350 searchers, including volunteers, sniffer dogs and a shaman had joined the hunt for the British schoolgirl. She was found on August 13th.
Giving evidence, head of forensics, Noor Aidora Saedon, told the coroner that Nora had taken her last breath four days before she was found by hikers helping police search.
To a question raised by Sakthy Vell Saminathan, counsel for her family, she agreed that Nora had been dead four days before she was recovered.
The hearing had been told an autopsy was performed less than an hour after her body was airlifted from the stream.
The 15-year-old, her siblings – Innes, then 12, Maurice then eight, their parents Sebastien and Meabh – had arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Aug 3rd for their ‘back to nature’ vacation.
The hearing has heard how after landing Nora and her siblings were approached by a stranger – who they refused to speak to.
Their dad had left them alone briefly while he went to meet their mum coming in on a different flight from a business trip.
Police have told the coroner they believe Nora simply wandered off and there was no “criminal element”.
The officers have given evidence to say they believe she left the resort on her own by getting out of a window which had a faulty latch.
Ms Saedon told the hearing during the ten day search for Nora, DNA samples were taken from Nora’s siblings and parents for comparison.
The lawyer for her parents, Sakthy Vell, asked: “We know that she had died four days prior to being found in the flowing stream, so would DNA remain on her face and naked body?”
She replied: “DNA in time will degrade and be lost. However in the case where a body is found, generally it is suggested that the outside of the body, definitely foreign DNA is difficult to find due to the environment. Malaysia is hot and humid, therefore DNA degrades very fast as compared to four season countries.
“However having said that, the swabs taken in intimate areas, inside of the body, no foreign DNA was found as well.”
So she said they were able to establish there had been no penetration.
The expert told the court: “The body may have been exposed to the elements, differing night-and-day temperatures, partially submerged in a flowing stream… these are conditions which are also taken into consideration when analysing samples and preparing the report.”
“There was no foreign matter lifted or found on the outside of the body to indicate a foreign DNA,” she also told the inquest.
“In short, we have done the analysis as thoroughly as I could and we could not find any foreign DNA on the body,” she told Coroner Maimoonah Aid.
The hearing continues.