Family launch desperate appeal for British woman missing in Japan
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 05/07/2021
Police in Japan are searching for a British woman who has not been seen last week after she failed to turn up for work.
Alice Hodgkinson was reported missing to police and her family by her employer on Thursday 1 July.
The 28-year-old, from Nottingham, was living in Kanagawa, a prefecture just south of Tokyo, and working as an English teacher at the time she was last seen.
Writing on Facebook, her brother, Peter Hodgkinson, said: “I know that the police went round to her home again today so the investigation is continuing.
“We have Nottinghamshire Police setting up a link with the police in Japan over Interpol to deliver news and information to us, but this does take a few days to get setup.
“The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office also have an incident logged.”
He goes on to thank people on social media for the “absolutely amazing response” he has received.
Mr Hodgkinson said: “I want people to be found that are missing, I want everyone to feel safe and confident living their life to the full.
“Whilst focusing on Alice I didn’t expect the impact that this would have on so many people’s lives.”
Her father, Stephen Hodgkinson, told The Telegraph that he spoke to his daughter the day before she disappeared and there was “nothing out of the ordinary at all.”
He told the newspaper: “We would hear from her pretty regularly and catch up on Skype, but the first I heard that something was wrong was when the manager of her school called to say that she had missed work for a few days and that they were concerned about her well-being.
“I last spoke to her on the day before she disappeared and there was no indication that anything was wrong. She had sent me a Father’s Day present and an e-mail and I wanted to thank her.
“There was nothing out of the ordinary at all, nothing suspicious.”
A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesman said: “We are in contact with local authorities in Japan regarding a missing British woman. Consular staff are in touch with her family in the UK.”
On a missing poster circulated on social media, anyone with information is asked to contact Kanagawa Prefecture Police HQ.
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