RCMP maintain that Atsumi Yoshikubo, a 45-year-old Japanese psychiatrist who vanished last year in the North West Territories, planned to disappear in the wilderness. Photo courtesy: RCMP
Atsumi Yoshikubo, who went missing on October 22, 2014, was last seen heading out toward Jackfish Lake, and her remains have now been found.
The items found along with the body, police say, are “without a doubt” items that belonged to her.
Police also say it could be months before tests can be done on the body to determine the cause of death.
“Yellowknife RCMP is aware of the public interest, and the concern of the families who are hoping for answers in this discovery,” Insp. Matt Peggs, Yellowknife detachment commander, wrote in a news release.
Yoshikubo was a 45-year-old psychiatrist who enjoyed travelling on her own. She stayed at the Explorer Hotel where staff found her luggage in her room three days after she went missing.
In November last year, she was presumed dead and the search was called off.
Police found no evidence of foul play and stated that she, “planned to go into the wilderness alone and become a missing person” and took steps to avoid being found.
Last year, the RCMP told local and Japanese media that they had heard reports that a suicide note written by her had been found in the possession of a friend living in Japan.