Police said Saturday that the naked body of a 13-year-old boy was found on a riverbank in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture.
According to police, the boy was identified as Ryota Uemura. His body was found just after 6 a.m. Friday by a man walking along the Tama River, NTV reported.
Police said an autopsy revealed that the boy had been dead for about four hours before he was found. There were several knife wounds on this neck, face and arms. He was identified by his mother at 11 a.m. Saturday, police said.
As there were no clothes or personal items near the victim, police believe he was killed elsewhere and his body dumped on the riverbank.
Police said they are analyzing street surveillance camera footage that shows one person pushing a bike, with two others walking beside him, toward the riverbank. Later on, footage shows only two people returning. Police that in a nearby public toilet, there were ashes indicating clothes and shoes had been burned, NTV reported.
Police said the boy may have been lured to the area via social media, but his cell phone has not been found. They will question the victim's friends to see if he was being bullied at school.© Japan Today