A 29-year-old man who was initially arrested for abandoning the body of a 35-year-old woman missing since September told police he strangled her and buried the body on the grounds of his family’s holiday villa in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture.
The suspect, Yoshito Sato, submitted to voluntary questioning on Friday about the disappearance of Saori Tomizuka, a contract worker, who was last seen on Sept 24, Fuji TV reported. Sato was identified after an analysis of street surveillance camera footage showed him leaving Tomizuka’s apartment building in Toshima Ward with a suitcase and getting into a vehicle.
On Saturday, Sato, who works as a nursery school teacher, told police he broke into Tomizuka’s apartment to rob her but when she resisted him, he strangled her with a cord. He said he did not know the victim, although he lives nearby.
Police found Tomizuka’s body on Saturday night and on Sunday charged Sato with her murder.© Japan Today