Police in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, have confirmed that a woman found dead in Kamisekisujimachi on Sunday was murdered. Police said Wednesday that an autopsy revealed that the cause of death was asphyxiation due to strangulation.
Investigators say the woman was aged in her 20s, around 159 cm tall, with shoulder-length brown hair, wearing a navy blue and white checkered mini-skirt and long black socks. She was found face down, wrapped in a quilt with her feet bound by plastic string. According to police, her upper back was exposed and her clothes were in a disordered state.
According to investigators, her body was found on the western side of the Taratoge Pass, a mountain ridge on the border of Yamanashi and Kofu cities. She was discovered by a city official checking for illegally dumped waste. Police say the victim had been dead for a number of days before her body was discovered. The victim's wallet and purse have not yet been found.© Compiled from news reports