STATE Deputy Police Chief SAC Che Zakaria Othman (second, left) speaking to the media at the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital (HTJ) today while investigations on Nora Anne Quoirin, 15, an Irish teenager who was reportedly missing on August 4. –fotoBERNAMA
KUALA LUMPUR — The tragic death of Franco-Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin, whose body was found in the jungles near an eco-tourism resort in Pantai, Negeri Sembilan yesterday after going missing for ten days, made headlines globally.
Many media organisations in the region had been giving coverage on the Search and Rescue (SAR) efforts to locate the 15-year-old, but it was the United Kingdom press that had been following developments very closely, given the fact that Quoirin was of mixed Irish parentage.
‘Cruelly Taken Away’ was how UK daily, The Sun, described Quoirin’s tragic passing, and was one of many headlines used by the foreign media, including CNN, The Guardian, BBC, New Zealand Herald, Al Jazeera and South China Morning Post (China) to describe the shocking incident, as netizens all around the world reacted with shock and grief in their comments after reading the news on social media.
CNN carried the headline ‘Body of missing teenager Nora Quoirin found in Malaysia’, while Al-Jazeera also carried the story with the headline ‘Malaysian police find body of French-Irish teen who went missing’ in its portal and NZ Herald went with ‘Missing UK teen: Family confirms body as Nora Anne Quoirin’.
Quoirin was reported missing on Aug 4, a day after she had arrived at the resort with her family for a two week holiday.
A 10-day massive search-and-rescue operation was launched that ended with the discovery of the special needs teenager yesterday.
Her nude body was found about two kilometres from the resort.
Over the past 10 days, Malaysians had been following the SAR efforts very closely, and on social media, many had been praying for her safe discovery, only to be forced to accept the tragic news when it was reported by the large group of local and foreign newsmen who had camped at the resort since news of her disappearance broke.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who was on her way home after performing her Haj, also conveyed her sympathy and condolences to Quoirin’s family today.
“I am very saddened about the death of Nora Anne. I send my deepest condolences to her family. I pray for strength for them to go through this difficult period. We believe the police will do their utmost to unravel this tragic death,” she said in a statement to Bernama today.
Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh tweeted: “All Malaysians’ thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of Nora Anne Quoirin tonight. Our hearts are with you”.
Meanwhile, a special needs care centre in Putrajaya, Ryan’s Special Needs Care Centre, also conveyed its heartfelt condolences to the teenager’s family.
“Our deepest condolences. May God put her in a special place where she will be watching us, the people who loved and cherished her. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort,” the centre said.