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Nóra Quoirin family say inquest 'strengthened our case' their daughter was abducted

Nóra Quoirin went missing in the jungle while on a family holiday in 2019. Picture by Lucie Blackman Trust/Family handout/PA Wire

THE family of Nóra Quoirin last night said the inquest into her death in Malaysia had "strengthened our case" that she was abducted.

Meabh Quoirin, who is originally from Belfast, said the hearing had brought up more unanswered questions into their daughter's death in 2019.

Earlier this month a coroner ruled that the 15-year-old's death was most likely due to misadventure.

Coroner Maimoonah Aid ruled out homicide, natural death and suicide and said the teenager likely got lost after leaving her family's cottage on her own.

Nóra, who was born with a very rare genetic condition leading to cognitive difficulties, went missing in the jungle while on a family holiday in 2019.

Her body was found 10 days later.

Her parents believed she was abducted saying she could not have left the compound on her own due to a physical disability.

Ms Quoirin said they had "found out a great deal about what went on during those 10 days when Nóra was missing" from evidence given at the inquest and it had brought up a number of questions for them.

"In fact we felt it really strengthened our case, our belief, that Nóra was abducted and we found some compelling evidence to support our view on that," she added.

Ms Quoirin said they still believe there was criminal involvement in her daughter's death.

"We appreciate - because there is not a definitive view on that - it would be impossible or very difficult for any coroner to find a verdict of homicide for instance hence the need on the emphasis for an open verdict." she said.

"For us that's the only logical conclusion one could reach because there is a great deal of suspicion around the circumstances, there's many things that simply don't add up."

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