An 84-year-old man and his 54-year-old son were found dead in Fukuchiyama City on Saturday, and an autopsy carried out Monday revealed it is likely the son strangled his father before killing himself, police said.
Sukejiro Akamatsu, 84, and Masafumi, 54, a janitor at a public high school, were found dead on Saturday morning, Sukejiro in the passenger seat of their car parked on a mountain road and Masafumi floating in a nearby pond. The autopsy carried out Monday revealed Sukejiro had been strangled, and an autopsy will be carried out Tuesday to determine the cause of death for Masafumi.
Police said that Sukejiro suffered from dementia and had recently told family members that he didn't think he could live any longer, while Masafumi had depression and had also mentioned that he wanted to die. Two notes were found left at their home in Tamba City in Hyogo Prefecture. Police consider it likely that Sukejiro asked Masafumi to kill him, and Masafumi committed suicide afterwards.
The pair went missing last Wednesday and their family had filed missing person reports with Hyogo police.© News reports