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Missing European Teenager Found Dead in Malaysian Jungle Under Mysterious Circumstances – Another Missing 411 Case?

Niall Bradley
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A Royal Malaysian Police officer points to a map showing the search and rescue operation area

Details concerning the discovery of the body of missing Irish-French teenager in the Malaysian jungle on August 13th point to it being another ‘Missing 411’ case.

15-year-old Nora Quoirin was on holiday in Malaysia with her two younger siblings and their parents, staying at the Dusun eco-resort in Negeri Sembilan state.

Situated at a trailhead on the west side of the Berembun Forest Reserve, the resort is a mere 35kms as the crow flies from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, but is nonetheless surrounded by dense rainforest.

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The Quoirin family had arrived there on August 4th, checked-in to their villa at the resort, then Nora was noticed missing by her father at 8am the next morning when he discovered she was not in her room and that the window was open.

As search-and-rescue (SAR) teams began looking for her, Malaysian officials’ working theory was that she had left the bedroom at some point in the early hours, wandered off and become lost. But Nora was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly, an unusual condition in which the forebrain is not fully divided into left and right hemispheres.

Nora’s medical condition meant that she was highly dependent on full-time care and, as her mother insists, “would not have wandered off on her own.” Her siblings, who were sleeping in the same room as her, did not notice her leave, and CCTV cameras at the resort did not capture her leaving. Even if she had been motivated to do so, it’s unlikely Nora could physically negotiate the rigors of leaving the resort and trekking through steep, dense jungle. For these reasons, her parents insisted that local investigating authorities consider that she had been abducted.

Police are keeping an open mind about a criminal angle, but they have reported that:

there was no sign of any intruder entering the property. They did not find any footprints inside the villa or forensic evidence to suggest an unknown person was inside. The entire area around the villa where the family were staying is covered with soggy vegetation and the single-track road leading to the resort is covered with mud.

Had someone entered through the window and climbed a flight of stairs to an upstairs bedroom where Nora was sleeping, it is assumed there would have been traces of mud on the floor. It is because of the lack of evidence of any crime that police treated the case as primarily that of a missing person.

In any event, multiple SAR teams searched the area, as far as 4kms away from the resort, for 9 days until she was found on the 13th. By then over 350 people had been involved in intensive searches of the surrounding jungle and the nearby river, using helicopters with thermal detectors, drones, sniffer dogs, and even local shamans. The spot where she was found is described as “particularly inaccessible” by the local police chief.

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The distance between the resort where Nora was last seen, and where her body was found 9 days later

At one point in their search, they found footprints, but they didn’t lead to her. They deployed cadaver dogs, but those didn’t pick up her scent. They even had her mother, Meabh Quoirin, record messages that were played on bullhorns as SAR teams trekked through the jungle:

Bizarrely, they found Nora’s body next to the Lata Berembun waterfall, which is located 1.6 miles (2kms) from her villa. What’s more, she was found at a site that had already been searched. It’s not that they missed her the first time; her body was naked and it wasn’t obscured by canopy or other vegetation. It was just… not there – and then several days later, just lying there.

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Trekkers searching for Nora. We don’t know how close they are to the ultimate location, but if those boulders are any indication, Nora was likely surrounded by them. Large boulders and boulder fields are a common profile point in Missing 411 cases…

Here’s drone footage of the jungle Nora Quoirin – a 15-year-old from London, England, with a pronounced disability – would have had to trek through to somehow end up at that waterfall:

The location is so remote, her body had to be extracted by helicopter. While she presumably would not have been wearing much more than pajamas or underwear, no clothing or personal items have so far been found. Sean Yeap, who was part of the 25-man SAR team that made the shocking discovery, reported that as they approached her:

It looked like she was sleeping. Her head was resting on her hands. But we all knew she was dead. It was very sad and two women in the group did not want to come close and they started crying.”

A post-mortem carried out on the body by a senior pathologist from Kuala Lumpur was initially judged “inconclusive” as to the cause of death. They’re now saying she “probably died of stress and starvation,” but have so far ruled out “violence, abduction or kidnapping,” and have found “no evidence of foul play for the time being”, although tests are still ongoing.

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Nora’s parents Meabh and Sebastien thank Malaysian police, military and volunteers for their search efforts

This must be very sad and traumatic for the family. Unfortunately, such sudden and unexplained disappearances happen all too often.

This case has pretty much all of the profile points seen in Missing 411 cases. These are sets of missing person cases that have been re-investigated and catalogued by retired California police detective David Paulides in his Missing 411 series of books. While his books primarily focus on cases in North America, the author notes that such incidents take place around the world.

Sometimes people vanish without a trace; sometimes they are found, but what these cases typically have in common are several or more profile points from among a set of strange but strikingly similar circumstances:

  • the victim had a disability or impairment of some kind
  • the victim disappears from/is found in a location with large boulders or boulder fields
  • the victim ‘wandered off’ suddenly, unseen
  • the victim is found with no clothing or missing clothing
  • the victim is found at or near water
  • the victim is found a substantial distance away from her last known location, in rough terrain, where it would ordinarily be difficult if not impossible for the victim to walk themselves
  • the cause of death is ‘inconclusive/unknown’
  • the victim is found in a spot that had been previously searched

In fact, the only Missing 411 profile points this case does not (as yet) meet are:

  • a weather event (which typically occurs right around the time of the disappearance or during the early stages of the SAR operation);
  • geographical clustering – whether this occurred in a location with past or concurrent unsolved missing persons cases is unknown.

Perhaps researchers in or familiar with Malaysia can clarify these latter points.

I should mention that the specific detail in Nora Quoirin’s case which spurred me to take a closer look was the description of her having been found naked beside water, looking as if she was sleeping. This description matches one of the female cases featured in Paulides’ recent documentary, Missing 411: The Hunted.

In fact, one subset of cases Paulides catalogues in North America is missing hunters, who are typically armed, healthy men, very familiar with the outdoors, and even the specific location they disappeared from. So it can happen to anyone, but the best – and perhaps the only – defense against something like this happening to you or someone you know is awareness of the phenomenon

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Nora Quoirin

In the meantime, we can only wish the Quoirin family well as they grieve their daughter, and encourage readers to familiarize themselves with the phenomenon of mysterious disappearances.

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Mysterious ‘handbags of the gods’ spotted in ancient sculptures around the world

You may think that handbags are a modern obsession.

But it’s been claimed that ancient sculptures from several different cultures show deities clutching the same sort of accessory.

An Assyrian panel made between 883–859 B.C depicting a ‘winged supernatural figure’ (Picture: Metropolitan Museum of Art)

It’s been claimed the unusual bits of luggage appears on sculptures made by Assyrians in modern-day Iraq as well as depictions of a god race called the Annukia made by the Sumerian civilisation living nearby.

Aart showing the God Quetzalcoatl in ancient Mexico and even etchings found at the ancient religious site Turkey Göbekli Tepe appear to feature similar bags.

The website Ancient Code said the mysterious bags highlighted other commonalities between the gods depicted in other cultures.

‘Just as the ancient Sumerians depicted their deities in a humanoid form the Ancient Egyptians, and different cultures in the Americas did the same thing,’ it wrote.

These two sculptures are from very different parts of the world. So why are they clutching the same bag? (Picture: Getty – Metropolitan Museum of Art)

‘The obvious question here is why? Why did ancient cultures—separated thousands of kilometres from each other—depict their deities in a nearly identical way? Furthermore, how is it even possible that the Ancient Sumerians depicted their gods carrying a mysterious bag, and that people halfway across the world did the same thing?’

Bags can be seen in these images from across the world
A bas-relief depicting the priest in the coils of a snake made by the Olmec civilisation in Mexico at some point between the 11th and 5th century BC 

Earlier this year, it was suggested that the bags were either evidence of time travel or contained some piece of ‘forgotten technology’.

Now discussion about the bags has erupted again after a YouTube video from The Kepler Telescope Channel once again raised questions about their meaning and origin.

The YouTube channel had this rather wild suggestion: ‘Agriculture is known to have started near the Mount Ararat, this is also where the Ark of Noah was said to have came to rest and where the survivors of the great flood started a post Cataclysmic Civilization that would spread out in every direction from this point and place.

‘Could these bags represent seeds that were preserved onboard the ark in some sort of vault, maybe they were distributed across the World as we repopulated the Globe after the Great Flood?’

Hmmmmmm.

So what do you think?

Source metro.co.uk

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The mystery of the “Big Circles” of Jordan

Scattered across Jordan, 12 giant ring structures, which can be fully visible only in images taken from an airplane or satellite, have puzzled scientists.

Jordan has an archaeological secret – Big circles. These huge structures are made of stone walls with a height of only 1-1.5 meters, and a circumference of about 400 meters.

Big circles

They were first discovered in the 1920s, but more recently, when aerial photography was widespread, scientists began to show interest in these obscure structures. There were no holes in the circles, so people had to jump over low stone walls to get inside.

Big circles

Even today, experts still do not know when the circles were built, who built them or why this was done. However, based on artifacts discovered near these structures, archaeologists have suggested that they were built at least 2000 years ago. Other experts have suggested that circles can even be much older.

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“Immortal” star iPTF14hls exploded several times, but continues to shine

In 2014, at the distance of 509.5 million light-years from Earth, the supernova (almost final stage of evolution of some stars) IPTF14hls was discovered. A few months later, the outbreak predictably died out, but then, for unknown reasons, the supernova flared up again!

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Cosmological models suggest that, depending on the mass of the star, certain stages of evolution go through and it is possible to predict the final of this or that star. Supernova is a predictable phenomenon, but something abnormal is happening in the case of IPTF14hls.

For 5 years, IPTF14hls flashed a supernova dozens of times, which cannot be explained by any of the theories put forward. Raising the astronomical archives, scientists were extremely surprised, because the flash from the side of this star was first recorded in 1954.

“This star seems to be immortal. It is not known how long the observed process continues, but no theory can explain this phenomenon. The star lives by its own rules and this is a problem for modern science, ”said Ayr Arkavi, an astronomer from the University of California.

Many scientists are inclined to believe that iPTF14hls is a completely new, unexplored class of stars that explode in several stages over centuries or even millennia. The anomalous phenomenon is still ongoing, and perhaps astronomers can still find the answer.

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