TRAGIC Nora Quoirin is being laid to rest today in the same church where she was baptised after her death in Malaysia.
The 15-year-old’s naked body was discovered on August 13 near a waterfall after a bungled police search – just two miles from the hotel she was staying in.
Vulnerable Nora, who had severe learning difficulties, died from stress and starvation after being missing in the Malaysian jungle for ten days.
She is being laid to rest today in an emotional funeral at St Brigid’s Church in her mother Meabh’s native Belfast.
The church is where Nora was baptised as a baby and it is understood she will be buried among her relatives.
The desperate 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.
August 5: Missing persons charity The Lucie Blackman Trust says that Malaysian police are treating Nora’s disappearance as a potential abduction, but officers deny there is any foul play involved.
August 6: Nora’s family say they believe her to have been abducted.
“She never goes anywhere by herself. We have no reason to believe she wandered off and is lost.”
August 7: Police say they are analysing unidentified fingerprints an open window and in a downstairs hall found in the family’s hotel suite.
August 9: Police investigate whether footprints found in the forest where Nora went missing belong to the missing teen. Her family say she wouldn’t have wandered off on her own.
August 10: Nora’s family thank the search teams involved since the teenager’s disappearance.
August 11: Hundreds of rescuers still involved in the search operation a week after she disappeared.
August 12: A visibly emotional Mrs Quoirin makes a further appeal for her daughter to return home.
“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 and police said Nora’s parents confirmed it was her .
August 14: An initial post-mortem examination inconclusive
August 15: Post-mortem finds that Nora died of intestinal bleeding after a stomach ulcer burst, probably caused by hunger and stress.
Nora was on the first night of a “trip of a lifetime” with her family – including sister Innes, 12 and brother Maurice, eight – when she vanished.
She is believed to have left the room where she was staying with her two siblings at the Dusun resort south of Kuala Lumpur and wandered into dense rainforest.
A huge search was launched and her body was finally discovered by a team of volunteer hikers ten days after she disappeared in an area already scoured by cops.
One hiker said the teen looked like “she was sleeping” when they found her as her head was resting on her hands.
Nora – who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly – is believed to have been dead for up to three days before being found.
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A post-mortem examination found she died from internal bleeding in her intestine after a stomach ulcer burst, following a period of prolonged hunger and stress.
Authorities have ruled out any foul play but her mum Meabh, 45, and French dad Sebastian, 47, say she would not have walked away on her own.
The teen’s devastated family said they still have “many questions” over her death.
Nora with mum Meabh[/caption]