Emergency services received a call just after 1 a.m. Wednesday morning after a 36-year-old woman was found dead in her Hamamatsu City apartment by her sister and mother, police said.
Akemi Sugiura, a 36-year-old employee at a bar, had strangulation marks on her neck. She was found lying on her back beside her bed, and there were no signs of a struggle in the room or on her clothes, police said.
Sugiura’s mother received a call from Sugiura’s 5-year-old daughter’s kindergarten at around 2.30 p.m. Tuesday, saying that Sugiura had not come to pick her up. She and Sugiura’s younger sister later thought it strange that they were not able to contact Sugiura, and decided to visit her apartment. Sugiura’s sister told police that she had spoken with her on the phone at 11 a.m. and that there was nothing unusual about the conversation.
Police said Sugiura lived by herself in the fifth-floor apartment, and the building had an auto-lock security system. Her daughter lives with Sugiura’s mother, and Sugiura would pick up her daughter from kindergarten and take her to her mother's place before going to work at the bar.© Wire reports