The King and Queen of Malaysia have thanked the search and rescue teams, as well as the volunteers, who were involved in the search for the missing teenager Nora Quoirin. Her remains were found in a ravine over a week after she went missing from the resort where she and her parents were staying.
“Their Majesties were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of young Nora Anne Quoirin,” Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in a statement. He added that Their Majesties expressed their condolences and sympathy to Nora’s parents, Sebastien and Meabh, siblings and her extended family.
The full investigation into her disappearance and death is still ongoing. “His Majesty advises the public not to speculate on the case until the police investigation is completed,” Fadil said.
The autopsy of the teenager has concluded that she likely died of starvation and stress after spending seven days wandering in the jungle. Nora was born with holoprosencephaly, a neurological disorder, which limited her speech and coordination and made her “very vulnerable.” She had gone missing overnight on 3 August and a window was found wide open in the cottage where she had been staying.
In a statement, the family described their agony at Nora’s death, describing her as “at the heart of our family”. “She is the truest, most precious girl and we love her infinitely,” said the family. “The cruelty of her being taken away is unbearable. Our hearts are broken. We will always love our Nora.”