‘Inexperienced’ searchers may have missed clues while looking for Nora Quoirin

Malaysian police have admitted 'inexperienced searchers' may have missed clues in the search for Nora Quoirin.

Nora Quoirin's family are returning to the UK with her daughter's body after she went missing for 10 days and found dead near a waterfall.

A postmortem showed the 15-year-old girl died from internal bleeding, possibly caused by stress and hunger.

As questions around her death continue, a senior police officer told the Mail on Sunday that there were inexperienced rescuers involved in the search.

He said some searchers failed to walk at arm's length from each other as they 'got tired quickly in the hot and humid conditions'.

"We can't blame them because it was the first time for many of these searchers working for so many hours in these conditions and water and food supplies were limited. Overall, I think they did a good job despite incredibly arduous conditions."

Another senior official, who does not wish to be named, said Nora's death remains 'a complete mystery' but added there is no evidence indicating a criminal element so far.

He further explained: "Sniffer dogs only picked up her trail about 100 metres from the lodge, and how a child with special needs could have walked nearly two miles into dense forest and through a steep ravine is mystifying."

Malaysian police said Nora is likely to have spent a week in the jungle on her own.

The teenager, who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly and was described by her family as "vulnerable", went missing from the resort of Dusun on Sunday August 4.

Nora's devastated family said they will be bringing Nora's body home 'where she will finally be laid to rest, close to her loving families in France and Ireland'.

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