The Lucie Blackman Trust, which is handling enquiries for the Quoirin family following the disappearance of 15-year-old Nora Anne, has called for her family and friends to be left alone in their time of need. -- EPA photo

KUALA LUMPUR: The Lucie Blackman Trust, which is handling enquiries for the Quoirin family following the disappearance of 15-year-old Nora Anne, has called for her family and friends to be left alone in their time of need.

The trust, which serves as a contact point for families whose loved ones have disappeared while abroad, said all its members were thinking of the Quoirins.

“Please respect the family and do not approach them at this difficult time. (We will) continue to support them as they come to terms with this news,” it said in a statement as news of the discovery of a body believed to be that of the special needs teen came out earlier today.

Identification of the remains has since been made and Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin have confirmed that the body of a “female Caucasian” found 2.5km from the Dusun resort, here, was that of their missing daughter Nora Anne.

The find brought to a close a massive 10-day search and rescue operation for the teen who had been reported missing from The Dusun resort on Aug 4, just a day after the five-member family arrived from London for a two-week holiday.

The Lucie Blackman Trust is an organisation named after a former British Airways stewardess who moved to Japan where she started working as a bar hostess.

Blackman disappeared in 2000 and a search for her ended months later when her dismembered body was found in a seaside cave.

A Korean serial rapist named Joji Obara, born Kim Sung Jong, was charged with her rape-related murder but was acquitted due to lack of evidence.

On appeal, he was convicted of abduction, dismemberment and disposal of Blackman's body and sentenced to life in prison.

Obara was also charged with raping eight other women and the rape and manslaughter of Australian model Carita Ridgway, though he was suspected of raping between 150 and 200 women altogether.

The website for the trust says it was set up as Blackman’s father and sister had vowed that no family should go through the same experience they had.

“The Lucie Blackman Trust has assisted thousands of families facing the most disastrous situations overseas, and provides the unique expertise, practical help, advice and support needed by Lucie’s family.

“Drawing on this experience, The Lucie Blackman Trust is a vital point of contact for families suddenly confronted with the unthinkable, providing access to both knowledge and, where possible, finance to ensure that every effort can be made and all support given as quickly as possible,” the website reads.

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