Police in Tokyo said Friday that a body found in a luggage storage room in Hachioji is that of a nurse who went missing in Osaka two months ago.
The 29-year-old nurse, Rika Okada, who lived in an apartment near the hospital where she worked in Nishinari Ward, Osaka, went missing after leaving the hospital to walk home one Sunday night in late March.
Fuji TV quoted police as saying that a check of the storage room rented in Okada's name turned up the body wrapped in a sheet on Wednesday. Police also said a woman using Okada's passport left the country at the beginning of May, and suspect that woman -- who is a Brazilian woman of Japanese ancestry in her 20s -- somehow substituted her photo for Okada's in the passport.
Police said that Okada's mother sent and received email messages from her daughter in April but had not heard from her in May, so she contacted police, Fuji TV reported. Police found traces of blood in the Osaka apartment and after a DNA analysis was conducted, confirmed that it belonged to the missing woman.
Police said a DNA test showed the remains found in the Hachioji storage room to be that of Okada.© Japan Today