HOKKAIDO (TR) – Hokkaido Prefectural Police on Wednesday confirmed that the body of a woman found along the coast of Kushiro City on Sunday belongs to a Chinese woman who went missing in Hokkaido last month, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Aug. 30).
Police confirmed that a DNA analysis on the body, found by a fisherman combing the beach at Katsurakoi on Sunday, resulted in a match for Wei Qiujie, a 26-year-old primary school teacher in Fujian Province who went missing after departing a guesthouse in Sapporo on July 22.
The cause of death was drowning, police said. It is believed that Wei committed suicide.
After her disappearance, police had been tracking Wei’s movements through security camera footage. Her last last known location was a shop specializing in Buddhist wares in Kushiro on July 23.
Wei was traveling alone. She arrived in Hakodate City, Hokkaido from China as a tourist on July 18, two days before she checked into the guesthouse in Sapporo. She was scheduled to return to China on July 25.
In a letter left behind in her room at the guesthouse, she expresses gratitude to her parents. It also includes a farewell to her family.