Police in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, said Sunday that the bodies of a 36-year-old woman and her 8-month-old son were found inside a car parked on a mountain road, in what appears to be a murder-suicide.
A passerby alerted police at around 5:50 p.m. Saturday, saying that a car was parked by the side of the road and the occupants were not moving, Fuji TV reported. The car, which was locked from the inside, was parked on a snow-covered road in Asahicho, police said. The woman was in the driver's seat while her son was in a child seat in the front passenger seat.
There were no signs of external injury on the child's body, but the woman appears to have stabbed herself. Police said autopsies will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.
The woman and her son were reported missing by the woman's 46-year-old husband after he came home from work on Friday night. The man told police his wife had mentioned to him in the past that she was having difficulty with child-rearing and that she didn't care whether she lived or died.© Japan Today