Police reveal identity of human remains found at home in Helmsley

Police reveal identity of human remains found at home in Helmsley

Police identify body found in Helmsley house

Police confirmed the remains, which were discovered at a property in Bondgate on Tuesday, are those of Rina Yasutake.

Officers are treating the death as unexplained and have appealed for anyone who knew Rina to get in touch.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Nichola Holden, said: “We realise this incident has caused concern among the local community in Helmsley and we thank everyone for their understanding while we carry out what is a very sensitive investigation into Rina’s death.

Rina Yasutakes remains were found in a house in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, after a builder repairing the roof noticed a "foul odour". 

After the body was identified, Ms Yasutakes photograph was shown to locals in the small town of around 1,500 people on the boundary of the North York Moors National Park. 

Alec Foots, who works at the BATA garage where the family would do their weekly shop, said: "The police showed me the picture of the woman who died and Ive never seen her before.

"Two members of the family use this place to buy their food. Theyd pre-order in writing and then come to collect it.

"The first assumption was that they were married but it appears theyre brother and sister. They speak only amongst themselves and have little to say to anyone else. Theyre pleasant enough, just quiet and reserved."

Another Helmsley resident said: "I have lived near them for years and I cant recall ever seeing that lady. They were so secretive in the way that they lived that no one really knew exactly who lived at the address."

North Yorkshire Police have now issued an appeal for anyone with information about Ms Yasutake to get in touch with them.

She has the same family name as the registered owner of the property, a woman named Michiko Yasutake.

A man aged 46, a woman aged 51, and a woman aged 75 were arrested and released on bail under investigation after police were called in on September 25.

A North Yorkshire police spokesman said police are continuing the investigation into her death, which is being treated as "unexplained".

Tests are currently underway to establish how and when Ms Yasutake died, however, officers need to establish a timeline of her movements before she died and want to speak to anyone who knew her.

A former neighbour said: "Its come as a complete shock that another lady was living at the house, I used to live nearby and would pass often.

"There was a child – or what we all thought was a child – living there. Im wondering now whether the woman who has been found dead could have been mistaken for a young girl.

"Whatever has happened inside that house its a great tragedy that someone has lost their life at quite a young age."

When the family first moved in it was thought they had a child living with them, but few people were aware there was a fourth adult in the house.

Another former neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: "When they moved in there was the man and woman, who people  thought at the time were married but its since turned out theyre brother and sister according to most people in town. There was an older man and woman and a little girl.

"The girl would only have been around four or five and was very small, she suffered some kind of disability I was told.

"I saw her outside the house a couple of times and Id also see her looking through the window, peering out through the pot plants.

"Its been years though since anyone saw her or the older man, everyone assumed they had left, maybe to go back to Japan."

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Nichola Holden, said: We realise this incident has caused concern among the local community in Helmsley and we thank everyone for their understanding while we carry out what is a very sensitive investigation into Rinas death.

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