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August 31, 2005

Young American Teacher Missing in Hokkaido

There appears to have been no progress in the investigation into the disappearance of 20-year American English teacher Andrew Lathrop. Lathrop went missing in Hakodate in Hokkaido on August 15, and his family arrived from the US a week later to help in the search. Lathrop came to Japan last August and spent the year teaching English to children in and around Tokyo through Labo International Exchange Foundation. He and a travel companion were visiting Hakodate before his planned return to the US on August 20. He arranged to met his companion at a train station on the afternoon of his disappearance and sent mail from his mobile telephone several times during that day. His last communication is believed to have ben made from a beach area. A fund has been set up to help Lathrop's family in their search efforts.
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