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.

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.

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.

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.

Police have released the identity of the body found in the home of a reclusive Japanese family in a historic market town.

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."

She was identified as Rina Yasutake, 49, whose address was given as a property in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, the house where her remains were found.

"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."

One 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.

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.

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

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.

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

"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.

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 Tuesday.

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. 

A foul odour smelt by a builder who had been brought in to replace the dilapidated roof was the first indication that a decomposing body was inside the property.

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 and are appealing to anyone who knew Ms Yasutake to come forward.

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.

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

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. 

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

A workman who carried out work on the house said: It was in a pretty bad state, the roof badly needed work it was coming apart.

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.

When the family first moved into the house in 1998 there were thought to be five members – an older couple, a couple who were then in their late 20s or early 30s and a child.

A former neighbour 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. 

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

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. 

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

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

To my knowledge the little girl didnt go to school, she was rarely seen. It was around 20 years ago so shell be an adult now.

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

Ms Yasutake was unknown in the town. Police took her photograph around shops and homes near the house where the grim discovery was made, but they received little information about her.

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.

Alec Foots, who works at a local 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.

It came as a surprise that she had been living there, I dont know of anyone whos seen her. 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.

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.

Charles Davison, the builder who first raised the alarm due to the smell of the remains, returned yesterday to finish the roofing job.

Mr Davison declined to comment. It is understood he wished to finish the work to avoid damage to the property and neighbouring ones if it began to rain while the roof had all its tiles removed.

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