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Desperate search for Brit woman, 28, who vanished in Japan as her dad says ‘it’s completely out of character’


POLICE are appealing for help after a young Brit mysteriously vanished from her Tokyo apartment four days ago.

Alice Hodgkinson’s employers alerted authorities when the teacher failed to turn up to work on July 1.

Alice Hodgkinson, 28, vanished four days ago in Japan

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Alice Hodgkinson, 28, vanished four days ago in JapanCredit: Facebook

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Police scouring her apartment found a note but are refusing share what it says.

The psychology student moved to Japan in March last year and lived and worked in Yokohama, 20 miles south of Tokyo.

Dad Stephen called her disappearance “completely out of character” and said there was “no indication that anything was wrong” when they Skyped each other on June 30.

“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,” he told The Telegraph.

“It came as a bolt out of the blue.”

Stephen had called his daughter to thank her for a father’s day present he received.

“I last spoke to her on the day before she disappeared and there was no indication that anything was wrong,” he said.

“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.” 

Alice failed to turn up at Shane Corp, which is a chain of English language schools, on July 1.

The 28-year-old has not been seen by friends for two weeks.

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Tokyo, pictured above, is 20 miles south of Yokohama, where Alice lived

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Tokyo, pictured above, is 20 miles south of Yokohama, where Alice livedCredit: Reuters

Her friends have now joined Alice’s parents in a drive to find her and have help shared “missing” flyers on social media networks.

A spokesman for the Yokohama police declined to comment on the investigation on the grounds that it was ongoing and “sensitive”.

The family is now liaising with police in Nottinghamshire, Interpol and the British Embassy in Tokyo.





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