Woman's Mummified Body Found In Yorkshire Home - January 2023
Tuesday 17th, January 2023
Rina Yasutake's body was found mummified at her family home after a local pharmacist raised suspicions after Rina's siblings had repeatedly purchased bottles of surgical spirit over a period of time.

At this moment in time, police have not been able to determine a cause of death.

Suspicions were raised by a local pharmacist in September 2018 after Rina Yasutake's brother Takahiro, 51, and sister Yoshika, 56, repeatedly purchased bottles of surgical spirit over a period of time.

Police have said that the family were "utterly convinced" Rina Yasutake was still alive when emergency service arrived at the family home.

Ms Yasutake's brother, sister and 80 year old mother, Michiko Yasutake were charged with preventing a lawful and decent burial.

The prosecution was halted when it was found the family who are originally from Japan, suffered from a rare mental disorder.

Coroner Jon Heath was told there was no evidence of any third party involvement in her death, no sign of injury or toxicological cause.

In statements given to a psychiatrist the brother and sister said that during the course of 2018 Rina Yasutake stopped eating, grew weaker and began to move less.

Earlier that year, it was recorded that Ms Yasutake, who was 4ft 11in tall, weighed just six stone six pounds.

Her sister Yoshika Yasutake told the psychiatrist: "She didn't say much so we said to her to eat and drink more.

"She looked like she was being nourished by eating her soul."

"I don't know how to explain."

"Even though she was not eating, she was nourished with spiritual food and she was fulfilled."