The father of a 21-year-old woman who was murdered in 1996, appealed to the public on Monday for information that might help police catch his daughter’s killer.
Junko Kobayashi, a Sophia University student, was bound and stabbed to death inside her house which was then torched, in Katsushika Ward on Sept 9, 1996. Police have questioned more than 75,000 people and followed up on over 1,100 leads but have yet to come close to identifying a suspect or suspects.
Kobayashi’s father Kenji, 73, released a statement Monday in which he said "Junko’s life, dreams and hopes were all stolen from her. I will never forgive the person who did this. I can't stand the thought that the killer may still be alive and going about his daily business," Fuji TV reported.
Kenji, who became ill last year, said he desperately wants to see the case solved while he is still alive.
Last year, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police department posted on its website a video with a 3D recreation of the crime scene showing the presence of a suspicious man.
The 90-second video was created based on eyewitness accounts and photographic evidence of the crime. The murder is believed to have taken place at around 3.55 p.m. Around this time, a man in an ocher-colored raincoat is seen standing outside Kobayashi’s home in the rain without an umbrella, staring up at the second floor.
In addition, type A blood was found in DNA at the crime scene, which police believe came from a hand or arm injury sustained by the murderer.
Police have offered a 3 million yen reward for information leading to an arrest. The family of the victim has also offered a further 5 million yen.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Kameari police station at 03-3607-9051.© Japan Today