An elderly woman was found dead on Tuesday in an empty lot in Sapporo City, covered in snow and with what appeared to be stab wounds to her upper body, police said Wednesday.
A passer-by noticed the body in the lot in Kita Ward at around 2.15 p.m. and called police. Most of the woman's body was covered in around 10 cm of snow, and apparent stab wounds along with scratches and bruises were found on her body. Police said an autopsy would be conducted Wednesday to confirm the cause of death.
The woman is believed to be a 72-year-old nearby resident, who had been missing since early Monday morning, and whose family had asked police to search for her later that day.
Police said footage recorded by security cameras at a convenience store about 200 meters away showed a similar-looking woman shopping there at about 5.30 a.m. Monday morning.© News reports