The bodies of a 72-year-old man, his 71-year-old wife and his 95-year-old mother have been found at their farmhouse in Sekikawa village, Niigata Prefecture, in what police believe was a murder-suicide.
According to police, the bodies were identified as Muneo Togashi, his wife Kazui and his mother Matsu. Police said the bodies were found by Togashi’s younger sister at around 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sankei Shimbun reported.
Police said Kazui and Matsu, who was bedridden, were lying on futons with strangulation marks on their necks, while Togashi was found outside in a shed where he had apparently hanged himself.
Police said there were no signs that anyone had broken into the home and ransacked it. They believe Togashi killed his wife and mother, and then hanged himself.
A neighbor told local media that Togashi’s health had been poor since last year and he was worried about the future of the farm.© Japan Today