Date
19 September 2017
Chinese teacher Wei Qiujie checked into the Ocho guesthouse in Sapporo on July 20 and was last seen by its staff on the morning of July 22. Photo: 663highland via Wikimedia Commons/Internet
Chinese teacher Wei Qiujie checked into the Ocho guesthouse in Sapporo on July 20 and was last seen by its staff on the morning of July 22. Photo: 663highland via Wikimedia Commons/Internet

Body found in Hokkaido suspected to be missing Chinese teacher

A woman’s body found on a beach in the southeastern part of Hokkaido, Japan, might be that of a female teacher reported missing last month.

A DNA test is under way to see if the decomposing body is that of Wei Qiujie, an elementary school teacher from Shaowu City in Fujian province, btime.com and Southern Metropolis Daily report.

Wei, 27, arrived alone in Hokkaido on July 18.

She checked into the Ocho guesthouse operated by a Hongkonger in Sapporo on July 20 and was last seen by its staff on the morning of July 22. She had not checked out.

Wei was caught by a security camera walking on a street in Kushiro, about 300 km. from Sapporo, the next day, wearing a white long-sleeve shirt, a pink scarf, a light-colored long skirt and a pair of white sneakers.

Her family reported her missing after she did not return home on July 25 as scheduled.

The owner of the guesthouse said Wei looked relaxed before she went missing. Police found a letter written by her in a suitcase in her room at the guesthouse.

The letter, which was addressed to her parents, was mainly to say “farewell” to them, but her younger brother said the letter was just her travel notes.

Police in Kushiro, where the body was found, said it was consistent with Wei’s description, including the long hair, height and clothing.

The Chinese consulate general in Sapporo has notified Wei’s family in Fujian and asked for identification of the remains.

Several cases involving the killing of Chinese women overseas have caught the attention of Chinese society and the authorities, according to Apple Daily.

On July 13, two sisters in their 20s, who were from Fujian and lived in Yokohama, Japan, were found dead inside two bags in the woods in Hadano in Kanagawa prefecture.

They were suspected of being brutally murdered by a Japanese man, who was arrested after the corpses were found.

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