Body of Missing Female Student Found in Ibaraki


Kamisu, Ibaraki Pref., Jan. 31 (Jiji Press)--The body of a missing Tokyo female university student 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 around Nov. 20, 2018.

The police had been questioning Hirose over the student, Natsumi Kikuchi, who lived in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward. He was believed to be the last person who met the woman, who was 18 when she went missing in November last year.

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 police identified the victim as Kikuchi. The 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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