A cloud of suspicion will continue to hang over the family of missing toddler Rahma El-Dennaoui after a Coroner found some of their behaviour was "puzzling" and their evidence "troubling".
In Glebe Coroner's Court on Thursday, deputy state coroner Sharon Freund said she cannot be sure that missing toddler Rahma is dead. Ms Freund handed down an open finding and referred the case back to the homicide squad.
Ms Freund said that after four weeks of hearings, which had testimony from more than 40 witnesses, the inquest "did nothing, in my view, to exculpate Rahma's immediate family".
She declined to find that Rahma was kidnapped by a person or persons unknown to the El-Dennaoui family, or to rule out the suggestion that they staged an abduction to conceal that she died at home.
Rahma was aged about 20 months when she was last seen by her parents about 2am on November 10, 2005, in their home in the south-western Sydney suburb Lurnea.
A cable drum was found under the window of the room in which the child was sleeping the night she disappeared, the inquest heard.
Parents Hosayn and Alyaa El-Dennaoui were in court to hear the verdict.