Nora Quoirin – Hiker who found Brit girl’s body says ‘she looked like she was sleeping’ and lying ‘with her head on her hands’


A HIKER who found the body of Nora Quoirin has said the Brit teenager looked as “if she was sleeping” as she lay close to a stream.

Sean Yeap was part of a group of volunteer hikers who discovered the 15-year-old’s naked body near an isolated jungle waterfall, nine days after she vanished from the resort where she was staying.

Nora was found by a group of volunteer hikers near a waterfall
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Nora with her mum Meabh who spoke out previously saying she believes her daughter was abducted[/caption]

Parents Meabh, 45, and Sebastien, 47, later identified the body as that of their missing eldest daughter.

Mr Yeap described the moment the group of 24 hikers came across Nora’s body, which was in a ravine just over a mile from the Dusun eco-resort where the family were staying.

He said the group of men and women set off to t off to follow a trail on a palm oil plantation about 1.2miles from where Nora disappeared.

They came across met an Indian man who told them he was familiar with the area and would be able to help them.

A strong smell led them to Nora’s body, at which point the party stood back and contacted the police as two in the group were overcome with emotion.

“It looked like she was sleeping. Her head was resting on her hands. But we all knew she was dead,” he told the MailOnline.

“It was very sad and two women in the group did not want to come close and they started crying.”


Nora’s parents are asking questions as to why police may have initially missed her body and if it could have been moved there at a later date.

Mr Yeap, who is an insurance salesman, said the body was not covered by any foliage though the area it was found is not easy to get to.

He revealed the body had a few bruises and scratches but not signs of any serious injury

“I could see the body. She was lying with her hands behind her head like you do when you go to sleep.

“I am not sure, but I think she had been dead a few days. I think maybe she was elsewhere and walked to the stream perhaps to drink some water.”

The family’s spokesman Matthew Searle, of the Lucie Blackman Trust, said they 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?”

The body was found in an area that had previously been searched, admitted Malaysia’s Deputy Inspector General of Police Mazn Mazlan.

It is understood Nora had been wearing underwear when she went missing – but police said when she was found she was “completely naked”.


A statement from the devastated family thanked everyone who had helped search and tried their best to find their daughter.

They said: “We thank the local people here and those far and wide for their prayers and support at this time.

“Nora has brought people together, especially from France, Ireland, Britain and Malaysia, united in their love and support for her and her family.

“To all our friends and family at home, we can’t thank you enough for all your love.

“Nora is at the heart of our family. She is the truest, most precious girl and we love her infinitely.

“We will always love our Nora.”

They now face an agonising wait to to find out if her death was the result accident or a crime.

The waterfall near where the teen's body was tragically found after more than a week searching
The waterfall near where the teen’s body was tragically found after more than a week searching
Nora’s aunt Eadaoin Agnew arriving at a hospital where the teenager’s body was identified by her family

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Meabh Quoirin making an appeal for her daughter’s safe return[/caption]

Search teams included police and soldiers
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He said the parents identified Nora’s body at the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital at around 7pm local time after it was taken there by helicopter.

The family’s lawyer, Sankara Nair, said to media yesterday that the family was ‘distraught and highly traumatised’.

Yusop said a postmortem examination will take place Wednesday morning.

Missing persons charity the Lucie Blackman Trust, which has been acting on behalf of the family, confirmed the body has been identified as Nora’s.

The trust said it was told a group of hikers came across the body and they told the police.

The officer who has been leading the hunt, Datuk Mazlan Mansor, earlier said Nora’s body was discovered in a stream running through a ravine “and she was found completely naked”.

He said the area had already been searched but a group of volunteers helping with the hunt came across the body after being tipped off.

“The stream was about 1.2km deep in the ravine,” he said.

Malaysian publication The Star reported the search and rescue team received a call from a member of the public at around 1pm, and a team was sent to the area near a waterfall.

Nora’s parents visited the site where the body was discovered, said the Lucie Blackman trust.

Nora Quoirin, 15, vanished from her room while on holiday in Malaysia
Nora vanished from her room while on holiday in Malaysia
The hospital where the postmortem examination was carried out
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Nora’s body being airlifted by helicopter from the jungle

Members of the search team at the area where Nora's body was found
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Members of the search team at the area where Nora’s body was found[/caption]

The teenager was discovered missing from her bedroom at the Dusun eco-resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state on the morning of Sunday August 4, with the window left open.

Her parents have always insisted their daughter, who was born with a debilitating brain condition, wouldn’t have wandered off alone, so they believed she was abducted.

She was on family holiday with her sister Innes, 12 and brother Maurice, eight, at the time of her disappearance.

During the search for her they said in a statement: “Nora’s family believe she has been abducted.

“We are especially worried because Nora has learning and developmental disabilities, and is not like other 15-year-olds.

“She looks younger, she is not capable of taking care of herself, and she won’t understand what is going on.

“She never goes anywhere by herself. We have no reason to believe she wandered off and is lost.”

The police believe Nora climbed out through a window but say any investigation would look at whether there was any “criminal element” in her disappearance.

Members of the search team looking in the jungle for Nora
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Forensics teams which were part of the hunt for Nora arrive in the jungle


An area was sealed off as officers worked to confirm the identity of the body found[/caption]

Mohamad Mat Yusop announcing the body found was that of Nora
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A volunteer searcher told the MailOnline Nora had told her parents she was “excited” about seeing a waterfall.

Nora’s parents are an Irish-French couple who have lived in London for about 20 years.

The teen had only arrived the day earlier with her parents and two siblings at the resort – in a nature reserve near Seremban, 39 miles south of the capital Kuala Lumpur.

It was the start of a two-week “trip of a lifetime”, a family friend said.

Nora’s parents discovered her missing from her room at the Dusun resort last Sunday morning after putting her to bed the night before wearing only her undergarments.

The Dusun is a 12-acre orchard resort next to the Berembun Forest Reserve – 4,000 acres of protected virgin forest rising to 3,900 feet.


The forest has wild boar, deer, giant millipedes, monkeys and leeches, according to the resort’s website.

There are two small villages near the resort where the majority of residents work in farming of the local land.

Nearly 350 people were involved in a massive search operation that included sniffer dogs, elite commando forces and thermal detectors.

Police officers from the UK, Ireland and France also went to Malaysia to help in the search.

Volunteer hikers were also among those who joined in the hunt for Nora, who was born with the brain defect.

Shamans were even brought in to pray for her safe return and video footage showed them praying cross legged on the jungle floor.

Clarence Mitchell, a spokesman for the parents of Madeleine McCann, said there were parallels between Nora’s disappearance and that of the three-year-old in Portugal in 2007.

“My heart goes out to the family if this does indeed turn out to be Nora, as it is looking likely,” he told Good Morning Britain.

“This will now enable police and Nora’s family to get some answers. The family faced trauma at the beginning of their holiday when Nora disappeared. There were parallels in that sense with Madeleine.”

The desperate search for Nora

August 4: Nora is reported missing after her father discovers she is not in her bedroom at the Dusun Resort at around 8am on Sunday.

The window was also open in the room that Nora had been sharing with her two siblings.

August 5: Missing persons charity The Lucie Blackman Trust says that Malaysian police are treating Nora’s disappearance as a potential abduction, but officers deny there is any foul play involved.

August 6: Nora’s family say they believe her to have been abducted.

“She never goes anywhere by herself. We have no reason to believe she wandered off and is lost.”

August 7: Police say they are analysing unidentified fingerprints an open window and in a downstairs hall  found in the family’s hotel suite.

August 9: Police investigate whether footprints found in the forest where Nora went missing belong to the missing teen. Her family say she wouldn’t have wandered off on her own.

August 10: Nora’s family thank the search teams involved since the teenager’s disappearance.

August 11: Hundreds of rescuers still involved in the search operation a week after she disappeared.

August 12: A visibly emotional Mrs Quoirin makes a further appeal for her daughter to return home.

“Nora is our first child. She has been vulnerable since the day she was born.

“She is so precious to us and our hearts are breaking. We are appealing to anyone who has information about Nora to help us find her.”

A reward of £10,000 – donated by an anonymous Belfast business – is made available for information leading to Nora’s safe return.

August 13: A body is found and police said Nora’s parents confirmed it was her .

A picture of Nora plastered on the wall of a local primary school


Sniffer dogs were brought in to search the jungle for Nora[/caption]

The Dusun Resort is a 12-acre orchard resort close to the Berembun Forest Reserve in Malaysia

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