AK AK - Hiroko Nemoto, 36, Anchorage, 7 June 1998

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  1. JusticeWillBeServed

    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    I remember reading about this case and it always struck me as odd. She received a lower grade than anticipated but she was also really close to graduating. Therefore, it seems unlikely that it would have caused her to leave her life. Of course, there were other factors and a combination of them could have led to her decision to leave; assuming that's what happened. At the same time, something bad could have happened to her.


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    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    • Missing Since: June 7, 1998 from Anchorage, Alaska
    • Classification: Endangered Missing
    • Date Of Birth: June 6, 1962
    • Age: 36 years old
    • Height and Weight: 5'6, 110 pounds
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Asian (Japanese) female. Black hair, brown eyes. Nemoto is a Japanese citizen.

    Details of Disappearance
    Nemoto was a senior majoring in psychology at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan in 1998. She told a friend that she did not plan to return to school the following semester, as she believed that her degree would lead to employment solely in research. Nemoto's friend said that she wanted to work in clinical psychology. Nemoto's friend also stated that Nemoto sold the majority of her clothing and personal belongings in early June. Her friend said that Nemoto gave her numerous Japanese mementos. Nemoto's friend and her husband took Nemoto to dinner shortly before her scheduled return to Japan on June 3, 1998. Her friend stated that Nemoto was an excellent student who received a lower grade than expected in one of her classes during the spring semester. Nemoto was apparently upset about the matter and her friend believed it lead to her decision to leave college, although she was only ten credits shy of completing her undergraduate degree.

    Nemoto departed from Lansing, Michigan on a Northwest Airlines flight to Anchorage, Alaska on June 3. She normally phoned her mother in Japan weekly, but she did not tell any of her loved ones that she did not intend to return to her native country. Authorities determined that Nemoto traveled to Denali National Park and Preserve near Mount McKinley after arriving in Alaska. She returned to Anchorage shortly afterwards and spent one night at a youth hostel before traveling to Wasilla, which is approximately 50 miles north of Anchorage on June 7, 1998. Nemoto has never been heard from again. Investigators established that she purchased a train ticket from Anchorage to Whittier, Alaska and a ferry ticket from Whittier to Valdez, Alaska. It is unclear if Nemoto arrived at her destinations.

    Nemoto's friend said that she theorized Nemoto was attempting to forget about Japan during the summer of 1998. Nemoto's case remains unsolved.
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  3. MagnoliaMountain

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    I think she either took off and left everything behind to start a new life in Alaska and she's still living there somewhere...or soon after travelling to Alaska she ended her life. I have a feeling though she could very well be alive today.
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    tarabull Life is a puzzle.

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    Following along the lines of Montjoy's post...

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