Nora Quoirin’s family asked Malaysian cops to follow up leads from overseas PSYCHICS – including one which said she was being held in a van – during hunt for the girl, inquest hears
- The body of 15-year-old Nora was discovered unclothed on August 13 last year
- She was reported missing after arriving at the Dusun Resort with her parents
- Malaysian police said there was no foul play but the family demanded an inquest
- The family received messages from spiritual mediums, an officer told the court
- One of the purported theories claimed the missing girl was trapped in a van
The family of London teenager Nora Quoirin asked Malaysian police to look into several leads on the missing girl from overseas psychics, an inquest has heard.
One of the theories purported from the spiritual mediums claimed the 15-year-old was trapped in a van, a police officer told the Coroner’s Court Thursday.
The body of Nora, who had learning difficulties, was discovered unclothed on August 13 last year after a massive hunt through the rainforest.
The body of 15-year-old Nora Quoirin (pictured in a family photo), who had learning difficulties, was discovered unclothed on August 13 last year after a massive hunt
A map shows the Dusun Resort near Seremban in Malaysia where Nora disappeared last year
Police insist there was no foul play but her parents – who believe there was criminal involvement, as they say she would not have wandered off alone – pushed for an inquest and authorities agreed.
Nora was reported missing on August 4, a day after she arrived with her parents at the Dusan Resort near Seremban, about 40 miles southeast of Kuala Lumpur.
While the authorities were looking for the missing girl, a friend of Nora’s uncle received purported messages from relatives through WhatsApp, Chong Mee Chyi, Assistant Superintendent from Negri Sembilan Criminal Investigation Department’s Sexual, Women and Child Investigations Division (D11), said before Coroner Maimoonah Aid.
Chong, who testified as the fourth witness at the inquest, was the appointed liaison officer between the family and the police at the time of Nora’s disappearance, according to Malay Mail.
‘On August 8, 2019, I was on standby at The Dusun resort and the family informed me that they had received several instant messages from spiritual mediums said to be based overseas who were willing to provide their assistance,’ Chong said.
Parents Meabh and Sebastien demanded an inquest after arguing their daughter would not have wandered off. They are pictured calling for their daughter with a megaphone last year
‘One of them, Dominic, who was a friend of Quoirin’s uncle, then showed me the WhatsApp message he received from people claiming to have spiritual powers which I duly noted down and that he asked if we could look into the locations listed,’ the officer added.
The first of the three messages claimed that Nora was being followed by someone from the airport and that she was still alive.
The second lead indicated that she was held nearby The Dusun resort as the girl was in fear of her life and in need of her mother.
The last message said that the teenager was trapped in a van located at the south-western part of the jungle near The Dusun resort.
Police officers searching for Nora in the jungle surrounding the Dusan Resort in August, 2019
A general view shows the Seremban courthouse building in Seremban on August 24, 2020 – A Malaysian coroner opened an inquest on August 24 into the death of the London teenager
All of the messages were subsequently submitted to the search-and-rescue operation control centre for further action, according to the liaison officer.
Chong said the authorities had conducted their follow-up before receiving the messages.
The officer said she had gone to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on August 6, 2019, to obtain closed-circuit television footage of the family’s arrival to probe for possible criminal elements.
Nora was found nine days later by a civilian search team on a palm-oil plantation around 1.5 miles from the resort.
An autopsy found that she probably starved and died of internal bleeding after spending about a week in the dense rainforest.
The inquest is scheduled to conclude on September 18.