Police in Asahi, Mie Prefecture, said Friday that a body found Thursday has been identified as that of 15-year-old junior high school girl missing since Aug 25.
According to police, the naked body of Hiromi Terawa was found by an officer on a plot of vacant land in Asahi at around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. Police said the cause of death was asphyxiation. Her clothes, bag and cell phone were found nearby but her money had been taken, police said.
Fuji TV quoted police as saying that Terawa was last seen talking with a friend at a nearby supermarket in Yokkaichi at around 10:30 p.m. on Aug 25. An email was then sent from her cell phone to an email address belonging to her sister, which read, "I'm heading home." At around 11 p.m., the sister tried to call her cell phone, but there was no answer. A missing person's report was filed on Aug 27.
Local residents say very few people walk in the area where the body was found.© Japan Today