Body Parts of Nine People Found at Apartment near Tokyo (News)


Zama, Kanagawa Pref., Oct. 31 (Jiji Press)—Body parts of at least nine people have been discovered at an apartment in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, as police were searching for a missing woman, investigative sources said Tuesday.

Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department on Tuesday arrested the apartment's resident, Shiraishi Takahiro, 27, on suspicion of abandoning bodies sometime between August 22 and Monday.

Shiraishi admitted to murdering them and cutting up their bodies, the sources said. The nine people are apparently eight women and one man.

The sources quoted Shiraishi as saying that he intended to destroy evidence. He also told police investigators that the bodies were cut up in a bathroom. He also admitted to murdering the 23-year-old missing woman from Hachiōji, Tokyo, the sources said.

The crime came to light on Monday when two severed heads were found in a cooler box at the entrance of the second-floor apartment.

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