Tourist Believed Killed in Havasu Canyon

According to Arizona Law Enforcement authorities, a Japanese woman who went missing in Havasu Canyon adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park is believed to have been murdered.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the identification of the body as Tomomi Hanamure, 34, from Yokohama, Japan, through dental records, fingerprints and DNA analysis. A Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said the result of an autopsy completed by the Coconino County Medical Examiner's office concluded that it is a homicide case.

Hanamure was found floating in the water near a waterfall a little over a mile north of Supai Village. She was reported missing shortly after checking into the Supai Lodge on May 8th. Hanamure’s body was found May 13th after an extensive air and ground search conducted throughout the week after her disappearance.

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office declined to disclose additional information as it could “jeopardize the outcome of the case.”