The body of a young woman was discovered along the coastline of Kushiro City, Hokkaido, on Sunday. Police believe the body may be that of Wei Qiu Jie, 26, a Chinese woman who has been missing since July 23.
Around 6 a.m. on Sunday, a man who was kelp fishing along the beach at Katsurakoi, discovered the body that had washed ashore and immediately notified the police, Fuji TV reported. The woman had long hair and was wearing a beige skirt and white blouse, similar to the clothes Wei was wearing when she was last seen.
The fisherman was quoted by local media as saying, "When I saw the body, I immediately thought it was the [missing Chinese] woman whose image has repeatedly been shown on TV.”
Wei, from Fujian Province, had been traveling alone in Hokkaido. She arrived at Hakodate airport on July 18 and was due to fly home on July 25. She left a guesthouse in Sapporo on July 22, leaving her suitcase behind in storage. She spent the night at a hot spring resort at Lake Akan near Kushiro, but left there the next day -- the last time she was positively seen, although surveillance camera footage showed a woman resembling Wei going in and out of a shop in Kushiro.
Her father, who came to Japan on July 29 to look for her, said that his daughter had sent him an email message at 5:45 p.m. on July 22, saying she was staying at an inn but didn't specify where.
Kyodo News reported that Wei also left behind a note at the Sapporo guesthouse, in which she bid farewell to her family, raising the possibility that she may have planned to commit suicide, according to the police.
Police said they will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death, as well as a DNA test to see if the body is that of Wei.© Japan Today