Bones may be remains of lost Japanese internee

BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press SANTA MONICA (AP) — A skeleton recently found on California's second-highest mountain could be the remains of a Japanese-American man who disappeared from an internment camp during the waning days of World War II. The Inyo County sheriff's office told The Associated Press it is investigating the possibility the bones are those of Giichi Matsumura, who separated from a group of men who left the Manzanar camp and hiked into the mountains to fish. Matsumura, an artist, left them to paint and was caught in a freak summer snowstorm in 1945. The fate of Matsumura is a footnote to one of the darkest chapters of U.S. history when more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans were herded into prison camps in remote locations amid fear they would side with their ancestral
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