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    Canada- Natsumi Kogawa, 29, Vancouver, 7 Sept 2016


    Japanese student Natsumi Kogawa, 29, was last seen in downtown Vancouver last Wednesday, Sept. 7, and last made contact with friends in the area the following day.

    “Kogawa is an experienced traveller studying English in Vancouver,” VPD spokesman Sgt. Brian Montague said in a statement Tuesday.
    http://vancouversun.com/news/local-n...panese-student

    *4 ft 11 in with slim build
    *Long brown hair and brown eyes
    *may be carrying black backpack

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    Nothing really on her FB page either???

    Found this from a newspaper :

    Daily Hive Vancouver
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    VPD need the public's help in finding Natsumi Kogawa, a Japanese student studying in Vancouver. She hasn't been heard from since last week.
    Vancouver Police looking for missing 29-year-old woman
    Vancouver Police are looking for 29-year-old Natsumi Kogawa who has not been seen or heard from by her family or friends since Thursday, September 8.
    DAILYHIVE.COM|BY DH VANCOUVER STAFF

    Nothing new though
    Last edited by GeeEm; 09-13-2016 at 11:26 PM.
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    Still missing (no new info but another news source): http://www.theprovince.com/news/loca...155/story.html

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    Please forgive me if the following link isn't allowed on WS, but there seems to be some more information there, including a missing person poster. http://pinfluencer.net/ryuugakusei/
    Much of the page is in Japanese, but there is some English, too. Some of what I was able to garner:

    She is actually age 30, not 29.
    She is a Japanese national.
    Their poster lists her heights as 155cm, which would equal 5ft 1in. (We've read 4ft 11in elsewhere)
    The last message from her to her friend was at 11:30am on 9/8. Her friend sent her another message around 4:30, but Natsumi didn't respond.
    She studied at the Kaplan language school from 5/2-7/22 (according to the missing person poster).
    She was living in a shared house.
    I think it says she is presumed to have her black backpack, iphone and wallet with her. Her phone was not enabled for calls, just wifi use.
    Today, 9/14, from 2:00pm they are asking for volunteers to meet at the Vancouver Public Library to distribute fliers.

    Also, here's a short news article on her including a video, however, it's entirely in Japanese. http://www.fnn-news.com/news/headlin...N00336228.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowpoke View Post
    Please forgive me if the following link isn't allowed on WS, but there seems to be some more information there, including a missing person poster. http://pinfluencer.net/ryuugakusei/
    Much of the page is in Japanese, but there is some English, too. Some of what I was able to garner:

    She is actually age 30, not 29.
    She is a Japanese national.
    Their poster lists her heights as 155cm, which would equal 5ft 1in. (We've read 4ft 11in elsewhere)
    The last message from her to her friend was at 11:30am on 9/8. Her friend sent her another message around 4:30, but Natsumi didn't respond.
    She studied at the Kaplan language school from 5/2-7/22 (according to the missing person poster).
    She was living in a shared house.
    I think it says she is presumed to have her black backpack, iphone and wallet with her. Her phone was not enabled for calls, just wifi use.
    Today, 9/14, from 2:00pm they are asking for volunteers to meet at the Vancouver Public Library to distribute fliers.

    Also, here's a short news article on her including a video, however, it's entirely in Japanese. http://www.fnn-news.com/news/headlin...N00336228.html
    Thank you slowpoke! The video is in Japanese but there is a short phone call from someone speaking English in the middle of it. It seems her friends are very worried about her. Lots of new pictures of her on that video too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener1850 View Post
    Thank you slowpoke! The video is in Japanese but there is a short phone call from someone speaking English in the middle of it. It seems her friends are very worried about her. Lots of new pictures of her on that video too.
    Oh, I didn't know there was some English in the video! I didn't have audio at the time, and made the assumption about it being all in Japanese. Sorry 'bout that!
    I hope their friends' flier distribution and search yields clues today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowpoke View Post
    Oh, I didn't know there was some English in the video! I didn't have audio at the time, and made the assumption about it being all in Japanese. Sorry 'bout that!
    I hope their friends' flier distribution and search yields clues today.
    Well the only reason I watched it is because I had a Japanese roommate in college and I wanted to see if I could make out anything they were saying. He spoke way too fast though and all I understood was "Thank you (in Japanese)". I hope they find Natsumi safe!

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    VANCOUVER, CANADA (TR) – The Missing Persons Unit of the Vancouver Police Department is searching for a 30-year-old female Japanese exchange student who has been missing since last week, the department said in a release on Tuesday.

    Natsumi Kogawa, who is studying English, was last seen in downtown Vancouver on September 7. Friends were last able to contact her on the following day at around 11:20 a.m.

    A search of the residence where she lives did not reveal any signs that it had been ransacked, according to Fuji News Network (Sept. 15).
    http://www.tokyoreporter.com/2016/09...-in-vancouver/

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    Found a FIND NATSUMI KOGAWA page. Fortunately, it's in both Japanese and English.
    https://www.facebook.com/findnatsumikogawa/

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    It seems she may live or attend school in Burnaby (because the translation seems to indicate the file went from Burnaby RCMP to Vancouver PD which covers downtown Vancouver).


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    Just a couple of points. It looks like Kaplan's courses are 20/24/32 weeks long. May 5 to July 22 is not a complete term. Did she not complete her studies for some reason? As a person on a student visa in Canada myself, they are not that easy to get and if for any reason you are found not to be following the terms of the visa I think they could be rescinded pretty easily. As for a shared living arrangement in Burnaby, that sounds very likely for someone of limited means. Tuition at Kaplan seems high, more than what I'm paying at UBC. The rental vacancy rate in Vancouver is about 0.5 percent. Renting a place to live here is an ordeal at best and worse particularly if you don't know much English (or French). Burnaby is the nearest easternmost suburb served very well by public transit. Skytrain to get to the downtown campus would be less than an hour. I didn't see any references on RCMP Burnaby's website.

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    New article from CTV News from today.

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/japanes...-b-c-1.3074956

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    Where are you Natsumi?

    http://bc.ctvnews.ca/rcmp-concerned-...-b-c-1.3075965
    The 30-year-old was reported missing to the Vancouver Police Department on Sept. 12, but the case has since been handed over to Burnaby Mounties as her last known location was at her home in their jurisdiction.
    Kogawa’s friend, Jay Vergara, said the missing woman was studying English at Kaplan International English School in Vancouver.

    Vergara told CTV News that Kogawa messaged another friend on the morning of Sept. 8 to make plans to meet with him later that day.

    He said Kogawa didn’t show up for the meeting and has not been responding to calls and text messages from her friends.

    “I’m incredibly concerned,” he told CTV News. “I really hope for her safe return.”

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    This makes me feel the police have some leads that they are working on and not making public:

    From the video on http://www.fnn-news.com/news/headlin...N00336228.html
    I think it is her friend JV who says: "The police are looking at a couple things that perhaps I shouldn't really talk about, right? Um, but we don't, she's still not found. I am incredibly, I am, I am hopeful that she will come back to."

    Then, on the Find Natsumi Kogawa page, where someone posted asking if there was anyone unusual hanging around her before she went missing, the reply from the admin (who could also be JV) said: "Unfortunately since it is an official investigation we can't divulge too much information to the public in regards to who she was hanging around with. Rest assured [a friend name, YA], some friends of her, and myself are working in collecting all of the information that we get and bring it to the police." https://www.facebook.com/findnatsumikogawa

    Also, here's a bulletin from the Burnaby RCMP about her disappearance, which confirms the case's move from the Vancouver Police Dept who took the original report, to Burnaby RCMP.
    http://www.canadapolicereport.ca/201...-from-burnaby/
    Last edited by slowpoke; 09-16-2016 at 07:35 PM. Reason: replaced initials for names of her friends

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    Burnaby RCMP held a media event about Natsumi's disappearance on Friday.

    He said there’s nothing to suggest her disappearance is suspicious, but there’s been no contact, so investigators are not sure what’s happened.
    “We just don’t know and we’re concerned for her well-being,” Buis told the media, noting she uses public transit to get around. “Obviously her family is concerned as well.”
    Investigators have also spoken to Kogawa’s mother in Japan.
    Buis said he wasn’t sure who the missing woman was staying with, but pointed out she was studying English in Canada. He also said her case has been deemed a priority with a number of police officers assigned to find her
    - See more at: http://www.burnabynow.com/news/burna....FYQJeOtb.dpuf

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