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Missing Japanese Diver Found

Body Thought to be Missing Japanese Diver Lost Near Bali Discovered in Ocean South of Malang, East Java

(3/16/2014) The body of a Japanese diver missing since February 14, 2014 has been found in the ocean south Java near Malang.

The discovery of the missing Japanese, part of a group of 7 women diving near Nusa Lembongan off Bali's southeast coast, means that all members of group have been now been accounted for. 5 of divers were rescued after floating the sea for nearly three days, while a 6th diver's  body washed up on the shore near Sanur Bali in the week following her disappearance.

The final missing diver has been identified by police as Shoko Takahashi.

The police precinct in Malang contacted the police in Klungkung, Bali on Sunday, March 16, 2014, Bali who held the open file on the missing diver.

The body was discovered floating in the ocean near Pulau Sempu, near Malang on March 14, 2014 by local fishermen.

The body bore characteristics police believe identify it as the missing Japanese woman. Members of the missing woman’s family and the Japanese Consulate in Bali are now traveling to Malang to make formal identification.

When discovered, the woman’s head, hands and right foot were missing. The torso was still wearing a diving suit and diving tanks. Because of the condition of the woman's body that had been floating in the ocean for one month, police say DNA testing may be necessary for absolute confirmation of identity.

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