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BODY NEAR TOKYO IDENTIFIED AS MISSING WOMAN

Police have identified the dismembered remains found in a beachside cave near Tokyo as those of a British bar hostess who disappeared in July, authorities said Saturday.

"We have determined the identity of the body, and it is an unfortunate outcome for the parents and family," police investigator Akira Hiromitsu said, referring to the victim, Lucie Blackman.

"Experts agreed that the teeth of the body matched with her dental records. There is no discrepancy in the height, and the hair was blond," he said.

A DNA analysis is expected to take seven to 10 days, and the cause of death is still under investigation.

The body was dug up near the seaside apartment of a Japanese businessman who was arrested in October and accused of drugging and raping several women, including a Canadian hostess and another Briton.

Blackman, 22, a former British Airways flight attendant, was working in a Tokyo bar when she disappeared July 1. She had told a friend she was going on a drive to the ocean with a customer who had promised to buy her a mobile phone.

Soon afterward, her roommate got a call from someone who said she had joined a religious cult and would not be back.

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