Body from March 2011 Disaster Identified from Decade-Old Stamp

Society Lifestyle

Sendai, Miyagi Pref., April 19 (Jiji Press)--The Miyagi prefectural police said Friday that a corpse discovered in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami has been identified as a then-60-year-old woman from the Miyagi town of Onagawa.

The identification was made with DNA samples from a postage stamp she mailed a decade ago.

According to the police, the skeletonized body was found on the sea surface near the seawall in Ishinomaki on April 9, 2011. The coastal city was hit by a massive tsunami the previous month following a 9.0-magnitude earthquake that occurred off the coastline.

The woman had sent the letter to a relative in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, northeastern Japan, 10 years ago. The authorities gained access to the letter in March this year and found that the DNA found in the saliva on the stamp matched that of the corpse.

The discovery brought the number of unidentified corpses from the disaster in Miyagi down to nine.

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