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Man suspected of killing girlfriend commits suicide

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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.

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too bad there wasn't such a robust police response before the poor girl was killed...

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Although the suspect is dead, police are planning to submit documents against the man, charging him with murder and abandoning a body.

I wonder how he will plead? Guilty or Not Guilty?

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He would plead not guilty due to being dead.

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No matter the reason, it's still sad when a life is ended.

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I wonder how he will plead? Guilty or Not Guilty

I think he is busy floating down the Hades River.

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too bad there wasn't such a robust police response before the poor girl was killed...

The police usually don't cover themselves in glory in these situations, but if the girl went back to the apartment with this nut on her own will, there's probably not much they could have done to help her.

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too bad there wasn't such a robust police response before the poor girl was killed...

True, but a lack of help from friends and family of both parties is perhaps more significant. I think there are limits to what we can expect from the police.

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He's obviously innocent. Poor guy.

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However, she returned to the apartment on Aug 14, and told police she did not wish them to proceed any further in the matter.

…so for once perhaps the accusations of dereliction of duty by the police aren't justified...

...though serving papers on the deceased seems a bit Krazy Kops to me…..

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I'm curious if they can convict him of murder posthumously or if this will not be counted as a murder in national statistics.

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"...though serving papers on the deceased seems a bit Krazy Kops to me….."

Would you prefer it to be kept an open case using times and resources?

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RecklessAug. 29 04:51 pm JSTtoo bad there wasn't such a robust police response before the poor girl was killed...

did you forget the part in the article where it stated that she asked them to drop her case against the man, AND she willingly went back to his apartment?!?! what the heck do you expect the police to do? force her to go through with her complaint? smh.

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