Man arrested after missing woman’s body found in Ibaraki forest


Police in Tokyo have arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of illegally confining a 23-year-old woman and then abandoning her body in a forest in Ibaraki Prefecture.

According to police, Hiroyuki Sampei, 33, a company employee from Minamiashigara, Kanagawa Prefecture, is accused of confining Rina Arano, who lived in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, at his family’s vacation home in Hitachiota, Ibaraki Prefecture, for four days, and then dumping her body about one kilometer away in a nearby forest, Kyodo News reported.

Arano was last seen on the morning of June 5 when she told her parents she was going to meet a friend. On June 8, her parents filed a missing persons report. Her body was found on Saturday morning.

Police said Sampei, who was arrested on June 14, told them he met Arano on a social network site and arranged to meet her at JR Mito Station in Ibaraki Prefecture on June 5. Surveillance camera footage taken outside the station showed Sampei and Arano getting into a car and driving off in the direction of Sampei's home.

Police said Sampei has admitting taking Arano to his vacation home but denied confining her for days. He also admitted handcuffing Arano briefly but said he did so with her consent.

Sampei told police that after Arano left his home, he doesn’t know where she went. However, police said Arano’s smartphone was found at the home.

Police said there were no signs of external injuries on Arano’s body and that an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

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Consensual. Now it's his fault.

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A parents' worst nightmare.

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Getting into his car = consensual. Becoming dead? Not so much.

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Too many missing details to have an opinion.

Condolences to her parents and friends

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I don't know, this is gonna be hard one to prove but you can be sure he will confess to a lot more than "handcuffing" under the Japanese-style relentless police interrogations.

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The guy was arrested in 2016 and in 2017 for SA'ing other woman and assaulting a cop.

Justice system is broken if these kind of potential murderer is on the loose walking around.

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Need to wait for an autopsy, it'll clear things up some

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in my country, whoever commits premeditated murder like this.

The sentence handed down by the court is 100% definitely the death penalty. never give consolation to criminals, especially murderers. because they will do the same after getting out of prison

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