Police in Tamba, Hyogo Prefecture, said served a second arrest warrant against a 23-year-old unemployed man over the death of a 13-year-old girl whose body was found on a mountain road on May 6.
Police said Yuichi Nishida, who is from Kagoshima Prefecture, was initially arrested on suspicion of abandoning a body on May 8, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said Monday they have also charged him with assisting the girl to commit suicide.
The girl had been reported missing by her family on the night of Wednesday May 5. Nishida told police he met the girl on a social network site for people thinking about committing suicide.
Nishida arranged to meet the girl that day and they drove together up into the mountains. However, on Thursday morning, at around 3 a.m., Nishida showed up at an unmanned koban (police box) and called police. He said he had left a girl’s body on a mountain road leading to a golf course. He was quoted by police as saying he had planned to commit suicide with her, using charcoal briquettes in the car. He told police the girl succumbed first but he couldn’t go through with it, so he left her body by the road.
Police said there were no external signs of injury on the girl and plan to conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Remnants of burned charcoal briquettes were found near her body.© Japan Today