Nora Quoirin’s mother has said she can “still hear herself screaming ‘no” as she was told the 15-year-old’s body was discovered in a Malaysian jungle.
Meabh Quoirin and her husband Sebastien have also insisted that their daughter - who had learning difficulties - was abducted because she would not have wandered off alone.
In a wide-ranging interview on RTE’s The Late Late Show, Ms Quoirin said: “Immediately we knew. I can still hear myself screaming ‘no’ at the police officers, but we had to face the inevitable.”
A major search and rescue was mounted for the London teen and she was discovered unclothed near to a river.
Talking about the moment he realised Nora was gone, Mr Quoirin said: “I looked at the bed, Nora was missing and I could feel it in my bones.
“You cannot underestimate the parental instinct.”
Mrs Quoirin said a window she had closed the night before was ajar, adding: “That was it, we knew she had been taken.”
She added: “We believe she was abducted and kept in the jungle for the time she was missing.”
Authorities in Malaysia said a post-mortem examination showed her death was caused by gastro-intestinal bleeding and an ulcer, due to starvation and stress.
According to the Mirror, Nora’s family said the police have refused to turn over a full account of the post-mortem.
In the RTE interview, Mr and Mrs Quoirin described suggestions that Nora had wandered off by herself as “absurd” and said that she would not have been able to make it down the spiral staircase in their holiday lodge or climb out of a window.
They also questioned how she would have been able to cross the difficult jungle terrain barefoot in the dark.
Mrs Quoirin added: “What is important for us is to let the police do their job. We are hoping they will reopen the investigation... and properly examine all the angles of the case and in particular the criminal angles.”