Family of woman found mummified at home 'believed she was alive for months'

Family of woman found mummified at home 'believed she was alive for months'


It was found the reclusive family had no means of communicating with the outside world and no TV or radio.

The family of a woman found partially-mummified at home had continued to believe she was alive for months after she died, an inquest heard.

No cause of death has been established despite extensive police inquiries into the death of Rina Yasutake, 49.

Her body was found at the home she shared with her reclusive mother and siblings in the village of Helmsley, North Yorkshire.

Suspicions were raised at the local chemist in September 2018, when her brother Takahiro, 51, and sister Yoshika, 56, repeatedly bought bottles of surgical spirit over a period of days.

Emergency services were called to their home in Bondgate, where paramedics found Rina’s dead body under a duvet on a mattress on the floor.

She had been dead for weeks, the inquest into her death was told.

But the family continued to believe she was alive.

Craig Hassall KC, representing the family, asked Detective Inspector Nichola Holden, who led the police investigation, if the family was ‘utterly convinced’ that Rina was alive when the emergency services attended.


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