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Decaying body found in suitcase at Lake Biwa

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A suitcase containing a body was found Monday on the shore of Lake Biwa in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture.

According to police, an 83-year-old man found the partially opened suitcase, with half its top missing, at around 2:15 p.m. Monday, Sankei Shimbun reported. He saw an arm protruding and contacted a local government office which sent an official to confirm the report. The official then called police.

Police said the body, which was wrapped in a silver sheet, had started to skeletonize and that they could not determine its gender or age. An autopsy will be held to determine the cause of death.

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Skeletonized!

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Police said the body, which was wrapped in a silver sheet, had skeletonized and that they could not determine its gender or age. An autopsy will be held to determine the cause of death.

Not much autopsie possible with an skeleton, I would think. But I understand you can determine biological gender from the bones.

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In this case, just the word “gender” is sufficient and easily understood @Zaphod 4:33pm.

“But I understand you can determine biological gender from the bones.” -

Man, that’s some real “PC” there, but we’re sure some appreciate your sensitivity.

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Autopsy will give the sex and possible age. It could also show how the person died. DNA from the teeth. Dental records. Even reconstruction of the face is possible to reveal what the person looked like. Someone knows who this person is and someone knows who killed them.

Lake Biwa provides drinking water to Kobe and other places.

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83-year-old man may need some counseling after this discovery.

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So the psychos are still out there and for quite a while. That surely needs a rush in clarifying, otherwise they will think having done a perfect crime and let the next filled suitcase swim there. It’s also just too tempting for such psychos, so they can’t mentally stop it and will do it again.

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snowymountainhell

In this case, just the word “gender” is sufficient and easily understood

Alas, not in these days we live in, with e.g. Twitter blocking politicians and doctors for saying that men can not get pregnant...

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Is this another one of the Biwako “bara-bara satsujin jiken” from the Shiga Ripper? Police had posters out for him the last time I was in that neck of the woods.

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It’s a nice, tranquil area with many small beaches and clear water, great for camping, picnics, swimming and windsurfing. Many weekend and vacation homes for the affluent from other prefectures. There are small rivers feeding into Biwako with many bridges, easy to make a quick stop, late at night and dump a body in a suitcase. Unfortunately, not the first time for this area. (ie.The 2008-2018 “Yakiniku” murder case.)

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This decedent is mostly intact @Bungle 6:53pm

- “Is this another one from the Shiga Ripper? Police had posters out for him the last time I was in that neck of the woods.” -

From the posters you probably saw, the prime suspect in the Biwako “bara-bara” was taken into custody last year. He’s denied it but a search of his home and “shop” revealed multiple remnants and human bone fragments from two victims that have been id’d but a third victim is still being investigated.

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Tedious, but good work by the Shiga branches of NPA. So, @zichi 6:03p is correct. It took 10 years to match the various parts sporadically found around the east side of the lake, canals and rivers. They eventually matched all the collected body parts and cross-referenced to DL records for a person who applied to renew by never showed.

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@Sven Asai

Why point fingers when you really don't know what actually happened. Why are you "RUSHING TO CLARIFY SOMEONE A PSYCHO. Your logical thinking is irrational, the first thing you want to do is label someone as a psycho based on what you read. Ask yourself how many times have we read articles where a person died and a family member didn't know what to do. Yes this body was found in the river but who to say a family member did not do it. We just don't know!!!

So the psychos are still out there and for quite a while. That surely needs a rush in clarifying, otherwise they will think having done a perfect crime and let the next filled suitcase swim there. It’s also just too tempting for such psychos, so they can’t mentally stop it and will do it again.

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First thing police should check is if the owner's initials are on the suitcase.

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Don’t worry, the luggage tag is decayed too under such circumstances. But why did you let it attached? lol

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