Body of woman found in suitcase near Lake Biwa


The body of a woman was found in a large suitcase at the mouth of a river in Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture, police said Wednesday.

The body was found by a man walking around Lake Biwa on Tuesday morning, TBS reported. The man called police who retrieved the suitcase and discovered the body of a woman between 70 and 90 years of age.

According to police, the deceased woman was approximately 155 cm tall, and was wearing a blue shirt and black pants. No external signs of trauma were evident on the body, although officers noted that the woman was holding her knees to her chest when her body was found.

Police said an autopsy will be held to determine the cause of death.

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Another body in a suitcase? I'm gonna guess she died at home and nobody had the money to give her a funeral, so they just tossed her out like yesterday's table scraps.

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Rest in Peace!

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officers noted that the woman was holding her knees to her chest when her body was found.

I would assume that had something to do with her being found inside a suitcase, but then I'm no Hercule Poirot.

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Hums Miss Maple music *... Somebody must have put her into the suitcase before rigor mortis had set in!

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Dental records or finger prints could determine who she is. Then start looking at next of kin.

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@FernGully Dental records possibly, although it could be difficult to know which dental records to check without having some idea of who the victim might be. I'm pretty certain that there isn't a national database of dental records. IMO fingerprints are unlikely because it's pretty rare for Japanese to be fingerprinted, so the chance of having prints for comparison is low.

If they have a fair idea of who the victim might be, of course it's possible to get fingerprints (or DNA, for that matter) from the suspected victim's residence.

I'm not sure about the JSDF fingerprinting policy (although it would seem reasonable to fingerprint them for identification in case of death in a dangerous profession), but the most likely people to have fingerprints on file in Japan are criminals, which is the primary reason that there was so much resistance from foreigners to being fingerprinted for the (in)famous "gaijin card": many felt that they were being treated as criminals.

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Rest in peace

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