The body of a 48-year-old man bound in chains was found in a river in Yashio City, Saitama Prefecture, police said Saturday.
According to police, a man walking by the Ayase River spotted the body floating in the river at around 8:40 a.m. Friday and called 110, Fuji TV reported.
Police and firefighters rushed to the scene and retrieved the body which was fully clothed. The upper half of the man's body was bound in chains and his head had a bag around it, but there were no external signs of injury on the body, police said, adding they believed the body had been in the water since around mid-October.
Police have not released the man's name but said they identified him as a resident of Saitama from an ID card in his pocket. They are speaking with his relatives in Tokyo to learn more about his activities leading up to his death.© Japan Today