Police placed a 28-year-old man on the wanted list Monday on suspicion of murdering a woman in the city of Chiba and abducting her daughter. Hiroyuki Nakada is believed to have been involved in the murder of Aiko Toyoda, 61, who was found stabbed to death on Saturday on the staircase of an apartment building in Chiba and in the disappearance of her daughter Tomomi, 22, according to police.
Tomomi was last seen on Saturday with a man who was forcing her into a car in the apartment's parking lot, and the car was last seen in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, police said.
Nakada, believed to be her former boyfriend, is suspected of stalking her.
Earlier this month, Tomomi was taken around by Nakada for a week and called the police from a convenience store in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture on July 10, and was taken into protective custody.
Since returning to Chiba, she had consulted a local police station twice, saying she was being followed by the man, and the police had begun investigations on suspicion he was violating the stalker regulation law.
Tomomi, who lived with her mother at the apartment, is 152 centimeters tall and weighs 40 kilograms. She was wearing a T-shirt and pants when she disappeared, police said.
Responding to media criticism that they did not properly protect the woman from her ex-boyfriend, a police spokesman said, “We did everything we could within the law.”© News reports