Apparent Body Part of Missing Female Student Found in Ibaraki Pref.


Kamisu, Ibaraki Pref., Jan. 31 (Jiji Press)--A body part apparently of a missing Tokyo female university student, 19, has been found in a crop field in the city of Kamisu, Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of the Japanese capital, investigative sources said Thursday.

Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department arrested Koichi Hirose, a 35-year-old jobless man of the city, the same day for allegedly burying the body of a person whose gender is unknown around Nov. 20, 2018.

Police had been questioning Hirose over the student, a resident in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward, who had been unaccounted for since late November. He was believed to be the last person who met the woman.

According to the sources, Hirose admitted that he had killed a woman whom he came to know through an online bulletin board. After he told police on Wednesday evening that he buried her body, the head of a person was found from the field in the small hours of Thursday.

The MPD is working to identify the victim. The police department is continuing its investigations, considering the possibility of serving a fresh arrest warrant on Hirose on suspicion of murder, the sources said.

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