Police in Osaka said Thursday they have arrested an unemployed 28-year-old man on suspicion of killing a woman whose skeletonized body was found on the balcony of his apartment in Abeno Ward on Oct 26.
Police said the suspect, Tomoaki Komoto, has admitted to killing Ayumi Hiraku, then 20, sometime in late December of 2010, by strangling her, Fuji TV reported. The victim was last seen alive on Dec 12, 2010, at a ward office.
The case came to light after Komoto had failed to pay the rent since August. The housing guarantee company sent a notice by mail to him on Oct 16, requesting payment. When he did not reply, the police and a company representative on Oct 23 entered the apartment, which was full of garbage, but they did not check the balcony.
Another employee returned to the apartment at around 12:30 p.m. on Oct 26 and found the woman’s partially clothed remains wrapped in a blanket on the balcony.
Meanwhile, an autopsy showed that the remains were that of a young woman, but the cause of death was not specified.
Komoto, who had been sought for questioning, was arrested at around 7 a.m. Thursday in a restaurant in Abeno Ward. He had only 70 yen on him.
Hiraku, who was identified through DNA, had been in a relationship with Komoto when she was in high school.
Police said Komoto left a note at the scene of the crime, in which he wrote "I strangled Hiraku and thought about killing myself, too, but I couldn't."© Japan Today