Police arrested a 60-year old man Friday on suspicion of abandoning a body in connection with the discovery of a headless female corpse in a suitcase beneath a cliff in Kanazawa, police said.
The suspect, Seiichi Iinuma, a resident of the Ishikawa prefectural capital, told the police that he killed the woman, a foreigner in her 30s, with whom he became acquainted through a magazine ad, according to the investigators.
Ishikawa prefectural police Friday began searching for the victim's head, based on Iinuma's confession that he dumped the head together with the suitcase when he abandoned the body in the mountains near the border of Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures, they said.
Iinuma, accompanied by his lawyer, turned himself in Thursday evening to a police station in Kanazawa, and admitted to the allegation of abandoning the victim's body, they said.
''Every night, I could hardly sleep because of the sensational media coverage of the incident,'' Iinuma was quoted as telling the investigators.
According to the autopsy, the victim's head was severed with a sharp blade.
The suitcase containing her body was found March 29 at the foot of the cliff by a construction worker.
Iinuma is suspected of abandoning the victim's body early last October.© News reports