Belfast Telegraph

Lucie charity was born from tragedy

The charity that has been supporting the Quoirin family since Nora's disappearance, and as they come to terms with her death, was formed after the brutal killing in Japan of Lucie Blackman.

Lucie, from Sevenoaks in Kent, was 21 when she went missing in July 2000 in Tokyo after working as an air hostess for British Airways.

Tragically, searches ended with the discovery of Lucie's dismembered body in a seaside cave in February 2001.

There followed a protracted and painful legal process taking over 10 years and making headlines across the world.

Lucie's father and sister vowed that no family should go through the same experience.

Since 2008 the Lucie Blackman Trust has assisted British nationals in crisis overseas, providing the unique expertise, practical help, advice and support needed by Lucie's family.

As well as the Quoirin family, the charity also supported the relatives of Co Down man Connor Murphy, who went missing in Amsterdam earlier this year.

After an intensive 34-day search with the help of police and volunteers, the body of Mr Murphy, who was 39 and from Newcastle, was recovered from a canal in the Dutch capital on February 15.

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