A knife believed to have been the weapon used to murder schoolboy Shota Tsutsumi was found Sunday near the scene of the crime in Kobe's Kita Ward. According to police, DNA tests have revealed that blood found on the knife was that of the victim.
Police said that a man was cleaning a drainage channel when he found the 20-cm knife and immediately reported it. It was not visibly bloodstained but traces were later found, police said, adding that they believe the murderer disposed of the weapon while fleeing the scene of the crime.
According to police, Tsutsumi, 16, was standing near a vending machine, drinking with a third grade junior high school girl on Oct 4 at around 10:40 p.m. when a man sitting on the other side of the road approached the pair. Tsutsumi told the girl to run. He was found at a crossing 70 meters away by a passerby who contacted the emergency services. Police said he sustained an 8-cm cut to his neck and died from loss of blood.
His female companion has told police she did not know the attacker.© News reports