Missing teacher Alice Hodgkinson reportedly found dead in Japan

A teacher who has been missing in Japan for more than a week is reported to have been found dead.

The family of Alice Hodgkinson, 28, told the Sun that they had received the “worst news imaginable” from police in Japan.

Hodgkinson, ...에서 Nottingham, had been working in Tokyo and living in Yokohama, 20 마일 떨어진 곳, since arriving in Japan in March last year. She last turned up for work at Shane, part of a chain of language schools, 의 위에 1 칠월.

Her father, Stephen, a retired computer software engineer, was quoted as saying: “We were notified last night. Police told me that they had found Alice’s body. It was the worst news imaginable.”

Hodgkinson, who lives in Nottingham with his son Peter, previously said he had last heard from his daughter via email on 30 유월, having previously spoken via video call on 21 유월.

이번 주, police visited Hodgkinson’s Yokohama apartment and had to break down the door to enter. Officers said they had found a note but did not reveal what it said or if it had any connection with her disappearance.

At the time her father told the Guardian that Alice had left the family a note indicating she may have been distressed.

그는 말했다: “I know that a note was left addressed to myself and Peter, my son. I don’t know the exact text in the note but I understand it suggested that she was in a distressed state when she wrote it.”

Alice previously taught English in Shanghai before coming back to the UK to study a master’s degree in psychology. After spending a year in Japan she decided to extend her trip by a further year as she had enjoyed it so much, and planned to travel back to England in March 2022 to complete a PhD.

The UK Foreign Office said: “We are in contact with local authorities in Japan regarding the death of a British woman. Our staff are supporting her family at this difficult time.”

The British embassy in Tokyo and Hodgkinson’s family have been contacted.

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