A 44-year-old man suspected of killing his 26-year-old girlfriend earlier this month committed suicide at his parents' home in Hiroshima on Aug 25, police revealed Tuesday.
The body of Nao Kato, an office worker from Tokyo’s Ota Ward, was found in a mountain forest in Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture on Aug 27. She had been missing since Aug 19, Fuji TV reported. Her parents filed a missing persons report on Aug 20.
After Kato disappeared, police questioned the man, a co-worker with whom she had been living in Tokyo, on Aug 24. However, the following morning, the man returned to his parents’ home in Hiroshima Prefecture and committed suicide by hanging himself.
Police said Kato had consulted them about threats made by her boyfriend when she told him she wanted to end their relationship in February. He reportedly told her in June that he would commit suicide if she left him.
On Aug 10, she consulted police who advised her to leave the apartment. Kato went to a hotel and police issued a verbal warning tot he man.
However, she returned to the apartment on Aug 14, and told police she did not wish them to proceed any further in the matter.
Police said the man rented a vehicle on Aug 20. Police examined street surveillance camera footage to track the movements of the vehicle and that led them to where Kato's body was found on Sunday.
Although the suspect is dead, police are planning to submit documents against the man, charging him with murder and abandoning a body.© Japan Today