Police on Wednesday placed a 28-year-old man on a nationwide wanted list for the murder of a 17-year-old girl who was found in a river in a mountainous area of Miyagi Prefecture on July 1.
Katsuyuki Obara, 28, was placed on the nationwide wanted list for allegedly strangling Kozue Sato, 17, inside his car and dumping her body in the river sometime between June 28 and July 1.
According to police investigations, Obara lured Sato to a convenience store in Tome City on the afternoon of June 28. Sato was reported missing later that day and was found dead in the river near the town of Kawai about 100 km from the convenience store.
Police said Obara's crashed car was found nearby and that Sato's belongings, blood and hair have been found so far. Obara's belongings, such as his driver's license, were also found near a cliff on the coast about 7 km away from his hometown. Police believe he tried to fake his own suicide.© Japan Today