COPS who led the hunt for Nora Quoirin have been slammed for making five key blunders that could have saved the teenager from starving to death in the jungle.
According to an investigator hired by the McCann family, the mistakes made by Malaysian police bear a harrowing resemblance to those made by Portuguese officers hunting for Madeleine.
The naked body of 15-year-old Nora was found by a waterfall nine days after she vanished from a resort in Malaysia where she was staying with her family.
Her heartbroken family have raised questions about the hunt for the tragic teen, who had learning difficulties.
Nora could have been alive in the jungle for up a a week before she died.
Investigator Julian Peribañez, who was hired by Kate and Gerry McCann family following Madeleine’s disappearance in Praia de Luz in May 2007, told The Sun Online Nora could have been saved.
Key mistakes were:
Failure to gather vital evidence
Treating probe as missing persons not kidnapping investigation
Failing to conduct thorough area searches
Failing to gather key evidence and witness statements
Pressure to protect a money-spinning tourism trade meant cops slow to act
Had the case been treated as a kidnapping from the outset, it would have focused minds and greatly increased the chances of her being found quickly, Peribañez argues.
A young person is vulnerable and Nora had learning difficulties that made this case particularly important to work quickly,” he said.
“From the very first second it should be considered a kidnapping.
If the police had identified this as a possible kidnapping then more doors would have opened and more thorough searches would have begun immediately.”
Questions have been raised over the thoroughness of the search after her body was found by a waterfall just one-mile from where she went missing.
Peribañez slammed the use of voice recordings of Nora’s mum Meabh that were played by police in the jungle and the use of local shamen as “absurd”.
“I’ve also never heard of police using a recording of the mother’s voice before. It had good intentions but it was a little absurd and unlikely to solve anything,” he said.
He also claimed the local authorities in Malaysia, as in Portugal, didn’t want to do anything to harm the tourist trade.
“It’s a British girl who has gone missing and the Madeleine McCann case is still at the forefront of everyone’s first thoughts,” he said.
“Therefore, the bad press for the resort and for the location could mean the police were pressured into talking about a missing person and not a kidnapping.”
The post-mortem found Nora succumbed to “intestinal bleeding” after wandering through the Malaysian jungle as emergency crews desperately searched for her – tragically finding her body three days after she died.
Negeri Sembilan Police Chief, Mohamad Mat Yusop, today said authorities had found no evidence of foul play despite fears the teen had been abducted and her body dumped.
And he said a post-mortem also found she had not been sexually abused.
“For the time being, there is no element of abduction or kidnapping,” said.
He added that there were some bruises on her legs but that these would not have caused her death.
“Vulnerable” Nora – who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly – is believed to have been dead for up to three days before being found in a spot search crews had already examined.
This means she could have been wandering through the jungle for a week as emergency services desperately searched for her after she vanished from her family’s accommodation at a holiday resort on August 4.
Nora’s parents Meabh, 45, and Sebastien, 47, had previously demanded answers about what happened to their daughter as they insisted she would never have wandered off alone.