Police said Thursday that three people have been arrested in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, over the unauthorized disposal of a corpse.
Police arrested the trio in Osaka based on a tip-off that they disposed of the body of a 69-year-old woman in February, Fuji TV reported. The victim, Mutsuko Kitagawa, was reported missing by her relatives in March.
According to police, the three wrapped Kitagawa's body in a blanket and took it in a rental car to a property belonging to one of them. They then chopped up the body, put the pieces in a trash can and took it to a mountain forest in Wakayama Prefecture, where police found it on Wednesday, Fuji reported.
The three suspects were neighbors of the dead woman. Police said bank security camera footage showed one of the men using Kitagawa's cash card to make a withdrawal from a bank ATM in March.
Police said they have not yet determined how Kitagawa died.© Japan Today