The body of British teacher Alice Hodgkinson has been found after she disappeared in Japan.
The 28-year-old’s tearful dad Steve said the family had received “the worst news imaginable” by police, adding they were “at a complete loss.”
Concerns were raised last week when the expat, originally from Nottingham, failed to show for work at the school where she taught in Yokohama, near Tokyo.
The Edinburgh University graduate’s friends and colleagues began handing out posters around the city, where she had been living for more than a year, in a desperate bid to locate her.
Dad Steve, 68, previously described how he was “anxiously waiting by the phone” for any updates, though admitted: “We fear the worse.”
It appears Alice took her own life and police are not looking for anyone else in connection with her death, according to reports.
Steve, a retired computer software engineer, who lives with son and Alice’s older brother, Peter, 32, told The Sun today: “We were notified last night. Police told me that [they] had found Alice’s body. It was the worst news imaginable.
“We are devastated and it is a very difficult time for our family.”
Mum Julie, an NHS worker, is “beside herself with grief”, added Steve.
The family want to repatriate Alice’s body as soon as possible, but her dad is unsure if he or his son will travel to Japan to do so.
Police officers are understood to have forced their way into her apartment on July 1 as part of their search, finding a note addressed to her dad and brother.
The Sun reports Steve was too upset to confirm where the body was found.
Alice was last seen on June 29 but Steve then received an email from her the next day, which he said showed no signs she was struggling.
She’d also sent him a Father’s Day present.
Steve added that his daughter “seemed to be leading a happy, fulfilling life” and their relationship was “good”.
He last saw Alice in 2019 before she went to live abroad.
Interpol had joined forces with Nottinghamshire and Japanese police in the search for Alice.
She graduated with a Masters degree in Psychology, though didn’t speak any Japanese and relied on Google Translate.
She shared an apartment block with different nationality tenants and planned to remain in the country for another year.