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Items found near human remains belonged to Atsumi Yoshikubo

Police have confirmed that personal items found alongside human remains in a forest north of Yellowknife belonged to missing Japanese tourist Atsumi Yoshikubo. 

No further information about the items is being released at this time, though RCMP say they are certain they belonged to Yoshikubo, who went missing last fall.

Forensic testing is still required to determine the identity of the remains. Such testing could take up to a year depending on the analysis that is required.

“Yellowknife RCMP is aware of the public interest, and the concern of the families who are hoping for answers in this discovery,” said Inspector Matt Peggs in a statement.

“Investigators are working expeditiously to bring comfort and closure to those concerned. We thank the public for their patience and assistance.”

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