Desperate police chiefs in Malaysia took Nora Quoirin’s (pictured) parents to four mediums after they ‘ran out of ideas’ in the search for the missing teenager, it has emerged
Desperate police chiefs in Malaysia took Nora Quoirin’s parents to four mediums after they ‘ran out of ideas’ in the search for the missing teenager, it has emerged.
A ‘prayer session’ was conducted on Monday last week less than 24 hours before the body of the teenager, who had suffered physical and mental disabilities since birth, was found.
The ceremony, which involved four mediums from a locally recognised religious group, is understood to have been attended by at least one senior ranking officer.
It was claimed the mediums ‘communicated with spirits’ over the course of two hours and asked for Nora’s safe return.
Nora’s parents were also invited to attend the ceremony, but left after an hour. It is believed they were initially reluctant to attend.
Police sought to pour cold water over the claims last night as they fight fierce criticism for their handling of the teenager’s disappearance.
The development is likely to increase pressure on police chief to answer key questions in Nora’s disappearance, such as why she was found naked.
Just 48 hours earlier Mohamad Mat Yusof, police chief for Negri Sembilan, had admitted ‘we have no credible leads’ in the investigation.
The police have been criticised for failures to answer key questions around Nora’s disappearance.
It was claimed the mediums ‘communicated with spirits’ over the course of two hours and asked for Nora’s safe return. Nora’s parents (pictured: mother Meabh and father Sebastien) were also invited to attend the ceremony, but left after an hour. It is believed they were initially reluctant to attend
The state chief of police who has been the face of the investigation has now taken a week of annual leave.
A source familiar with the investigation added that the ravine where Nora’s body was found was searched ‘almost every day’ in the lead up to her discovery.
Nora’s body was released from the Tuanku Ja’afar hospital in Seremban on Friday and taken to a funeral parlour in Kuala Lumpur, around 40 miles away.
Police (pictured last week) sought to pour cold water over the claims last night as they fight fierce criticism for their handling of the teenager’s disappearance
The Quoirin family are expected to leave Malaysia today but will not return to the family home in London. Nora’s body is due to follow within days.
A source close to the investigation said: ‘Nora’s parents attended a praying session the day before the search teams found her body.
‘The mediums said the spirits agreed to return Nora to the family.
‘The police attended the session because when they couldn’t do anything and they wanted to try everything they could to find her.
‘Since they could not do anything scientific they went to a medium.
‘The session took place on Monday evening and they found the body on Tuesday.
‘The police searched the ravine that she was found in almost every day. There were people walking around there but they might not have covered the exact spot. But they went to the area.
‘The praying session it is a local belief and not any normal religion.
Nora was found on Tuesday near a waterfall less than two miles from the Dusun eco-resort where she had been staying with her family. She is pictured with her mother Meabh
‘The police came with the family to the ceremony on Pantai Hill and mediums tried to communicate with their gods
‘They spent about an hour there before the parents left.
‘Some of the people may think it was the power of gods that returned her, others may call it a coincidence.’
Nora, from south London, had travelled to the Dunsun resort – about 40 miles south of Kuala Lumpur – on August 3 with her parents, sister Innes, 12, and brother Maurice, eight.
After going to sleep with her siblings in an upstairs bedroom, she was discovered missing by her French father shortly after 8am the next day.
Police were left with no clues apart from a large downstairs window that had been left ajar. Detectives believe she climbed through the window and then got lost.
Nora’s body was found in a sleeping position close to a stream at the foot of a ravine on Berembun mountain, 1.6 miles from an eco-resort where her family were staying.
State police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop said the results of the post-mortem examination reinforced his belief that Nora was not abducted, and instead died of starvation after getting lost.
Local police have said they would continue to investigate Nora’s disappearance but have refused to specify when it would halt investigations.