Terrible find: Missing girl Nora is dead
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Kuala Lumpur / London (dpa) - The dream vacation in the jungle with the daughter has become a nightmare for a nightmare: missing for more than a week in Malaysia Nora is dead.
This confirmed the parents of the 15-year-old, as the aid organization Lucie Blackman Trust announced on Tuesday. She looks after the parents since Nora's disappearance. The naked corpse was discovered near a stream.
The young people from London wanted to spend their holidays in an eco-resort in the mountainous hinterland of the capital Kuala Lumpur with their parents. But shortly after arriving, she disappeared from her room.
According to the parents, Nora was born with a brain defect, she was mentally retarded and had difficulty walking. Her parents described her as cheerful and affectionate.
Was Nora running anyway, was she a crime victim? For the cause of death, the authorities of the Southeast Asian country initially made no statements. Nora was found only 2.5 kilometers from the hotel by a local. A helicopter took the body to a hospital where the parents identified it. The autopsy will start this Wednesday.
The parents repeatedly expressed the assumption that their daughter was abducted. Nora is already dependent on help in everyday life and would never go alone in the jungle, it said. The police in Malaysia, however, treated the disappearance as a missing person case.
The ten-day search involved some 350 volunteers, volunteers and even a shaman. They sonicated the dense jungle by loudspeaker with a recording on which the mother calls: "Nora darling, I love you, this is Mama." Helicopters were also used in the search.
The mother is Irish, the father Frenchman. The 1.55 meter tall Nora had both citizenships. The family has been living in the British capital for many years. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar expressed his condolences to his parents and siblings. The French Foreign Ministry was saddened by the girl's death and expressed his condolences to the family.
"The French authorities are at the disposal of the Malaysian authorities to ensure that the circumstances of the death are fully resolved," it said in a statement. The Malaysian authorities are very grateful for their efforts. "We also welcome the solidarity of the residents who volunteered their help."
Shortly before the death was discovered, the parents had paid the equivalent of about 10,000 euros reward for references to Nora. To support the search for the teenager, relatives had also initiated two fundraisers. In the shortest time, far more than 100,000 euros had come together.
The case recalls the disappearance of three-year-old Maddie in a holiday resort in Portugal. Since 2007, every track has been missing. The parents were eating at a nearby restaurant when Maddie disappeared from the apartment. The investigators assume a kidnapping. At first, the parents were under suspicion. The Briton would have to be 15 years old now - if she is still alive.