20 January 2019
The last post on Facebook (inset) of Kevin Chan, who died near Lake Chuzenki in Japan. Photos:, Facebook
The last post on Facebook (inset) of Kevin Chan, who died near Lake Chuzenki in Japan. Photos:, Facebook

Missing Hongkonger traveling in Japan found dead

A 29-year-old Hongkonger who went missing for five days while traveling alone in Nikko National Park in Japan has been found dead, Apple Daily reported Friday.

Kevin Chan Ka-yu last updated his Facebook status on Saturday, saying he was trapped in the snow-covered area near Lake Chuzenki.

He had planned to hike in the snowy mountain near the lake.

Chan, who worked in the textile industry, loved sports and travel, sometimes on the spur of the moment.

He had been to the Himalayas, a photo of which he used as his profile picture on Facebook.

Before he left for Japan on Friday last week, he posted on his Facebook account: “This time I really don’t have any preparation, really lost in Tokyo.”

Chan reportedly planned to stay in Japan for 10 days.

He arrived at Lake Chuzenki on Saturday and posted a picture of the snowy mountain.

He said he hadn’t brought snow boots, so he couldn’t walk around the lake.

Chan said he had walked for two hours and suspected he might get lost and not be able to leave before sunset.

He didn’t update his Facebook account after that.

Chan’s friends worried that there might have been an accident and posted a “wanted status” on Facebook.

They called for friends in Tokyo to help them locate him.

Chan’s family received a notice Tuesday from the Hong Kong Immigration Department, saying staff at the hotel where Chan had booked a room called police, as they were worried something might have happened to Chan, since he never checked in.

His elder brother flew to Japan Wednesday.

A major land and air search was carried out.

Chan’s family were devastated when the local police confirmed Thursday they had found his body near the snow-covered lakeside.

Hiking expert Chung kin-man said people should avoid traveling alone.

He suggested that travelers tell their families about their itinerary before they leave.

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