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Murdered Briton's family in Japan

Lindsay Ann Hawker
Linsday Ann Hawker was teaching English in Japan

The family of murdered teacher Lindsay Ann Hawker have returned to Japan on the second anniversary of her death.

Parents Bill and Julia Hawker and their other daughters Lisa and Louise are retracing her final steps in Tokyo.

The family will meet the new local police chief and hand out leaflets at Gyotoku railway station.

Miss Hawker, 22, from Brandon, near Coventry, went missing on 25 March, 2007, and murder suspect Tatsuya Ichihashi has never been found.

Her body was found in a bath of sand on a balcony at the flat of 29-year-old Ichihashi, to whom she had been giving English lessons in a Tokyo coffee shop.

Mixed emotions

Family spokeswoman Amanda Stocks said the Hawkers would be making a documentary about their daughter for Channel 4 while in Japan.

She said: "Lisa says she feels closer to Lindsay here because it's the last place Lindsay was. Julia finds it very very hard to be here, especially as it was Mother's Day yesterday.

"When we are here the profile of the case goes up and we get reported sightings [of Ichihashi] on the website and things happen."

Before leaving from Heathrow on Saturday, Mr Hawker wore a T-shirt with a picture of Ichihashi and read a statement in Japanese saying: "I will not sleep at night until this man is found.

"We just want justice, that is all we ever said, and we will get justice."

Miss Hawker had been teaching English after graduating from the University of Leeds in 2006.

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