MALANG: A body believed to be that of a Japanese diver who went missing with six others off Bali a month ago has been found far from where she disappeared, Indonesian police said on Monday.
The body, thought to be that of diving instructor Shoko Takahashi, was found at the weekend on Sempu island, East Java province, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) from where the divers went missing.
Five of the other female Japanese divers in the group were rescued days after they went missing on February 14 while the body of a sixth washed up on the Indonesian resort island.
The body found at the weekend was barely recognisable — the head was missing — but Takahashi’s Balinese husband believes it is her due to the clothes inside the diving suit, police said.
“The body was found on Saturday on a beach on Sempu island in Malang district,” Malang marine police chief Slamet Prayitno told AFP.
“The husband, who came to the hospital last night, said he is 98 percent sure that the body belongs to his missing Japanese wife.”
The body was flown to a hospital in Bali late Sunday, he said.
Takahashi was based on the resort island and with her Balinese husband ran the operator Yellow Scuba that took the divers out on the ill-fated expedition.
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