The investigation into the death of London teenage girl Nora Quoirin opens in Malaysia a year after her body was found naked in the jungle after a mysterious disappearance while on vacation
- The disappearance of the 15-year-old on August 4 triggered a ten-day search in the rainforest
- The investigation opened today in Seremban, 40 miles from the capital, Kuala Lumpur
- Up to 64 witnesses are to be called. The first was a local police chief
A medical examiner has opened an investigation into the death of London teenage girl Nora Quoirin a year after discovering her naked body in a jungle in Malaysia.
The 15-year-old's disappearance from a resort sparked a ten-day search through dense rainforest that included helicopters, sniffer dogs and hundreds of volunteers.
But when her body was found by hikers, police said there was no evidence of foul play and considered the case closed.
They pointed to an autopsy that claimed she likely starved to death and died of internal bleeding after spending about a week in the thick rainforest.
Her heartbroken parents argued that their daughter never wondered alone and forced the authorities to conduct an investigation.
The investigation into the death of London teenager Nora Quoirin opened today, a year after her naked body was found in a jungle in Malaysia. She is pictured in a family photo above
Parents Meabh and Sebastien called for an investigation after arguing that their daughter did not migrate. You shouted for your daughter with a megaphone last year
The first witness called to the Seremban Court, 40 miles from the capital, Kuala Lumpur, was the local police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop, who was involved at the start of the search.
"The family was upset when I met them," he said. "I assured the father that we will all use our resources to find the missing girl," he said.
Up to 64 witnesses are expected to appear on trial, including the hikers who found her body, a British forensic scientist and police officers.
Coroner Maimoonah Aid opened the trial today, saying, "We're here to answer a few questions – who is the dead person, when and how they died, and whether anyone was responsible."
The coroner visited the Dusun Resort and the location where the body was found earlier this month on a trip that the Quoirin family lawyer described as "fairly thorough."
Police officers imagined leaving the court today. The local police chief was the first of 64 witnesses asked to testify during the investigation
The 15-year-old's disappearance sparked a ten-day hunt through the rainforest that involved helicopters, sniffer dogs and hundreds of volunteers
During the investigation, 64 witnesses are called to the courthouse in Seremban pictured
Prior to the investigation, the teen's parents, Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin, described it as "a vital element in the fight for truth and justice for Nora".
"We hope that all roads leading to Nora's disappearance will be fully explored, and not just the theory that the police have always favored," they said.
You were not present at the coronavirus pandemic investigation, but are being interviewed by the coroner via video link.
An autopsy found Ms. Quoirin likely starved to death and died of internal bleeding after spending about a week in the thick rainforest.