Police said Monday that the body of a man who was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Jan 2 was found 24 kilometers away from the stretch of road where it is believed he was hit.
Hokkaido Prefectural Police have identified the victim as 80-year-old Kiyoshi Asakura, who has been missing since the evening of Jan 2, and determined he was hit on a road in the town of Naie, based on bloodstains and bits of clothing found on the road.
Asakura was discovered by a passerby on a road in Bibai City. The person left the scene to report to police that a man was lying on the road. When he returned about a minute later, the body had disappeared. About 40 minutes later, the body was discovered on a bridge over the Ishikari River, 16 kilometers away.
Police believe that Asakura was hit in Naie and dragged to nearby Bibai, where his body was then hit by a second vehicle which brought him a total of 24 kilometers to the location where the body was finally discovered.
An investigator said, "We don't have any leads yet. I've never heard of anyone being dragged this far before in a hit-and-run."© News reports