Police in Tokyo have arrested a 53-year-old woman on suspicion of abandoning a body after the mummified remains of a man were found in a car in a coin-operated parking lot in Kita Ward.
According to police, Kimie Watanabe had not only kept the remains inside her car but she had also been sleeping in the vehicle alongside the corpse of the man who died about six months ago, Fuji TV reported.
The mummified body was found in the white car in the parking lot near JR Kita-Akabane Station at around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. An employee of the company that operates the parking lot called 110 after noticing a fouled smell coming from the van.
The remains, which were partially wrapped in a blanket, were on a sheet on the front passenger seat. The car had been in the parking lot since June 2. The windshield and passenger seat window were covered with black screens.
Police said the car was registered to Watanabe who lives in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture.
She has denied abandoning the corpse, maintaining she stayed with it for six months. She was quoted as saying the man was an acquaintance.© Japan Today