Nora Quoirin: How timeline of events unfolded in search for London teenager found dead in Malaysia

Nora Quoirin went missing in Malaysia more than a week ago (Picture: PA)
Nora Quoirin went missing in Malaysia more than a week ago (Picture: PA)

A body found in the search for 15-year-old Nora Quoirin in Malaysia has been confirmed to be the missing London schoolgirl, a charity has said.

The Lucie Blackman Trust, which is handling media for the Quoirin family, confirmed the news in a statement today.

Nora, who was born with learning difficulties, was reported missing on August 4.

She had been on a family holiday at a resort near Seremban, around an hour south of capital Kuala Lumpur.

The teenager, with a Northern Irish mother and French father, was understood to be travelling on an Irish passport.

Here is everything that happened in the 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.

Family friend Catherine Cook says: “It’s out of character for Nora to go wandering off.”

August 5:

A British charity says that Malaysian police are treating Nora’s disappearance as a potential abduction, but officers deny there is any foul play involved.

The Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity supporting missing people abroad, say police believe the teenager could have been taken.

However, Che Zakaria Bin Othman, deputy police chief of Negeri Sembilan, says: “So far there’s no indication of foul play, however investigations are still ongoing.”

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August 6:

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

A statement released on Tuesday says: “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.”

Meabh Quoirin and her daughter Nora (Picture: PA)
Meabh Quoirin and her daughter Nora (Picture: PA)

August 7:

Police say they are analysing unidentified fingerprints found in the family’s hotel suite.

The prints were at an open window in a downstairs hall, not in the bedroom upstairs where the girl was sleeping with her siblings, deputy police chief Che Zakaria Othman says.

August 9:

Police investigate whether footprints found in the forest where Nora went missing belong to the missing teen.

State fire and rescue department assistant director Ahmad Mukhlis Mokhtar tells journalists: “Previously, our detective canines had spotted footprints, but when we conducted a search there, we couldn’t find her.”

Nora’s family also reveal more about her condition, holoprosencephaly, as search crews play recorded messages from her mother, Meabh, through the forest in an attempt to reach the youngster.

Members of a rescue team continue to search for the missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 9, 2019. - Quoirin, who lives in London, went missing on August 4 after checking in with her family to the Dusun Resort in Seremban, about an hour from the capital Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of a rescue team searching for missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin (Picture: AFP/Getty)

The family say in a statement: “Nora is not like other teenagers. She is not independent and does not go anywhere alone.

“Nora can read like a young child, but she cannot write more than a few words. She has a good memory but she cannot understand anything conceptual. She is unable to do maths and so things like money are impossible to manage.

“She cannot make or receive phone calls independently.”

August 10:

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

Her mother and father, Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin, say: “To be with us here, it means the world to us. We are so grateful for everything that you are doing for us, everyone who is helping here and not from here.

“We are extremely impressed by the effort, your expertise, your dedication and we hope you find Nora.

“And thank you so much.”

August 11:

Nora is missing for a week, with hundreds of rescuers still involved in the search operation.

Nora Quoirin, 15, went missing in Malaysia (Picture: PA)
Nora Quoirin, 15, went missing in Malaysia (Picture: PA)

August 12:

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

She tells television reporters: “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 in the search for Nora, the Lucie Blackman Trust confirms, saying it “seems likely” it belongs to the school girl.

The charity later confirmed the body had been identified as Nora.

Investigations are under way to confirm the cause of death.

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