A body of a young woman – now reduced by decay to skeletonized remains – was found in a forest in Shibata, Niigata Prefecture in Japan on Monday, April 7. According to the Niigata Prefectural Police, the remains are of Nozomi Tokunaga, a 22-year-old woman who has been missing since November last year.
According to data from the authorities, Tokunaga may have been the victim of a crime at the time of her disappearance, and the police are trying to get to the bottom of the incident. The prefectural police force has established a unit at Shibata Police Station to investigate and probe the incident as a situation where criminals may have left the body in the forest. The remains of the young woman was found by a man who was out in the forest harvesting wild vegetables for food at around 5:00 p.m. late afternoon of April 7. Still according to police data, they believe that Tokunaga died close to the time of her disappearance. As the police have investigated the remains, it was found that the body showed no obvious signs of injury. The police are in the process of determining the exact cause of death with what meager information they have.
The young woman had not been seen since November 22, 2013. According to her parents who filed a missing person search request soon after they discovered she was missing, Tokunaga was walking to a friend’s house at around 9:30 p.m. The place where her remains were found is an area with heavy vegetation and trees around five kilometers northwest of the young woman’s home.
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