Police in Odate, Akita Prefecture, said Saturday they are investigating the murder of a 22-year-old woman and the disappearance of her 73-year-old grandmother with whom she lived.
According to police, the victim, Asuka Sasaki, had moved in with her grandparents two weeks ago. Fuji TV reported that her 77-year-old grandfather went out for a walk after breakfast on Friday morning and when he returned home two hours later, he found his granddaughter dead and his wife missing.
Police said Asuka had been strangled to death by a thin cord and that there was a note nearby, stating "My granddaughter is dead. I want to die too."
Police said the missing grandmother's car was found near a lake about 3.5 kilometers from the house. Divers searched the lake but have so far found no trace of the woman.© Japan Today