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Police confirm identity of human remains found near Yellowknife

Yellowknife RCMP have confirmed that bone fragments discovered outside the city last fall belong to missing Japanese tourist Atsumi Yoshikubo.

Yoshikubo was reported missing in October of 2014 when she failed to check out of her hotel room and missed her flight home. At the time, she was visiting the city from Japan.

When subsequent search and rescue operations conducted by police and the public proved unsuccessful, search and rescue officials called the search off.

Once foul play was ruled out, police determined that Yoshikubo came to Yellowknife ‘with a plan to go missing‘ and was presumed dead.

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Last August, RCMP confirmed that personal items found alongside human remains in a forest north of Yellowknife belonged to the missing tourist.

The items and remains were found by a local resident who was hiking in the area.

On Thursday, police revealed that forensic testing determined the remains are in fact those of Yoshikubo.

RCMP say their investigation into her death is now closed.

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