The cell phone of a 6-year-old boy who was strangled has been found in a park where the murder took place, police said Saturday. The body of Koki Tomiishi, a first-grader, was found beside a public restroom in the park on Thursday, but his cell phone, equipped with a GPS locator, had been missing.
Police have been searching for the phone, suspecting its neck strap may have been used to strangle the boy.
The boy went missing at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday when his 35-year-old mother left him for a few minutes to go to the restroom, police said. The mother tried to locate the boy with the GPS function, and the cell phone indicated a location several meters from the restroom, they said.
People at the scene helping search for the boy went to the location but could not find the boy there. The boy was then found lying on the ground behind the restroom.
The park administration office, meanwhile, said that on Thursday evening, there were many people in the park, walking with or without dogs, but earlier, around the time of the boy’s death, only a very few people were seen in the vicinity of the toilets and the athletic facilities. “At that time,” said a park spokesperson, “there was nobody who appeared suspicious.”© Japan Today