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15-year-old girl arrested for abandoning mother's body in Okinawa home

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Police arrested a 15-year-old female high school student early Saturday on suspicion of abandoning her mother's body in Okinawa Prefecture, investigative sources said. The girl is believed to have left the body of her mother, 46, in a closet at their home in the village of Kitanakagusuku, Okinawa, according to the sources. The mother is believed to have been strangled by a cord.

Police on Friday found the girl who had been missing since her mother's body was found in a closet in their home on Tuesday. The girl was found with an adult male in his 20s in a hotel in Okinawa City, police said.

According to police, the mother was found dead inside the closet by her 45-year-old husband on Tuesday. The husband told police his wife and daughter had been missing since telling him they were going to a relative's house on Jan 27. But the two never showed up.

Police said the family lives in the same house but have been virtually separated and have not seen each other for years, because the first and second floors of the house were blocked off to prevent interaction. The father lives with his 78-year-old dad on the first floor, while the mother and daughter live on the second floor. They enter the house via the window and the front door respectively, police have learned.

The daughter transferred to her current high school on December but has been absent since Jan 26.

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What is this? The mystery channel? All this, or lack of, has left me guessing. When is the next installment?

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You couldn't write a murder mystery as bizarre as this.

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family lives in the same house but have been virtually separated and have not seen each other for years, because the first and second floors of the house were blocked off to prevent interaction

What on earth were they still married for...?

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..the family lives in the same house but have been virtually separated and have not seen each other for years, because the first and second floors of the house were blocked off to prevent interaction.

How is this easier than divorce?

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Window? That's how they got in and out of their dwelling? Was it like faster to get in and out because there was no door to open and shut? Bizarre. And what's with the pronoun antecedent disagreement and schizophrenic relative pronouns? Does it mean I'm going to learn the reporter was on dope too?

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ahahahaha same house but haven't seen each other for years? what the hell

oh Japan

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I wonder how the 15 years old got so screwed up considering the wholesome, nuclear family she grew up in?

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Weirdest case eva! Did the daughter and her boyfriend off her mother? Apparently the daughter was still turning up at school until Wednesday, days after the mother had been killed...

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Did the daughter and her boyfriend off her mother?

Its possible. Its also possible her relationship with the guy was the most normal relationship in her life. Anything seems possible at this point.

What I would like to know is how they were caught at the hotel. My best guess is that the two had being seeing each other for a while, somebody told the police about the relationship and reported his name when asked about the murder of the mother. Then the police tracked down his car by making the rounds. And his car was parked in the space for room XXX.

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Yet another weird family murder....

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I was talking to my Okinawan friend where I normally have a beer or two, and in the conversation I mentioned that crimes in the mainland tend to become copy cat cases. He got very defensive and assured me that it would never happen in Okinawa. I called it off, and though to myself: time will prove him wrong.

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They enter the house via the window and the front door respectively

What a wonderful and functional family. Is this for real?

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I know of two other Japanese families living with similar arrangements. Everyone knows Japanese will not face or solve a problem. They'll just leave it be until one day one of the parties snaps and kills a sibling. It's culture!

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They'll just leave it be until one day one of the parties snaps and kills a sibling. It's culture!

I think if you bother to open your eyes you will find it that it is those who insist on solving problems right this instant who have more death around them.

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How is this easier than divorce?

Oh, can you imagine the shame of divorce and how it will effect the children? My goodness, they'd never lift their heads because of it. I guess it's better to be known as the kid from the crazy family than as the kid with divorced parents.

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bizarre...

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I think if you bother to open your eyes you will find it that it is those who insist on solving problems right this instant who have more death around them.

I'm not sure I understand your point. Are you saying people who act in haste are more dangerous than those who vent built up frustration? Either way, typing with my eyes closed did take a long to perfect. Have a good evening.

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This kind of ranks up with the dude last year that found the old woman living in his closet. then there's those self shut in kids who's parents haven't seen them in years, yet still slide food and money under the door.

If you wanna have some fun, and see what the rest of the world thinks of japanese people, go to google and simply type in "japanese people" and see what google suggests you search for based on the most popular searches that start with those two words.

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Are you saying people who act in haste are more dangerous than those who vent built up frustration?

I am saying the the Japanese way of taking things slow has some advantages. I do not see people venting pent up rage anywhere near enough for you to condemn the whole culture, particularly when the stats of places where people "solve their problems" have significantly higher murder rates.

Moderator: Back on topic please.

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Crazy season starts early this year.

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WTF! I couldn't make this crap up.

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15 year old in Okinwa with a 20 year old dude? Show her pict

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This is really good. I hope they find out what really happened!

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Crazy season starts early this year.

When did it finish?

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Samuraiiki: True that crimes do happen in Okinawa but it's big news once it's something henious like this. Normally the worse you see on Okinawa are drunk driving incidents. I wouldn't be suprised if the people who murdered this woman were from the mainland. Not saying an Uchinanchu isn't capable of comitting this crime, but it's unlikly IMO.

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OK, this is one of the weird ones. Strange living arrangement, murder, missing young girl with older guy. Yep. Truth is stranger than fiction.

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Like others have said... You can't make this stuff up!

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I have not watched a horror movie is over a year... don't need them anymore with articles such as this one...

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cheap family, cudnt even knock out the window & make anohter door, no wonder this happened

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the update on the story sounds familiar: girl was arrested. let's see what happens next: accused of strangling her mother, she or the boyfriend?

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sad to hear about this and it sounds like another fracture in an already fractured family.

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Is 15-year-old capable to strangle her mother? I'm sure that there is something behind this issue and time will tell.

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Love it... abandoning a body. Sounds very serious!

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If this was the story line for a movie it would be rejected as too weird.

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Is 15-year-old capable to strangle her mother?

I think a lot of people actually would think this is a valid question. It is amazing to think that probably everyone here was 15 once, given all they have forgotten about being 15.

When I was 15 I passing for an adult and buying beer and whisky at the local liquor store. Girls in general were just as physically matured as myself and considerably more mentally matured. So yeah, a 15 year old girl is capable of quite a lot.

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At leas the family agreed enough to let the upstairs lot use the door. Imagine if the 78-year old dad had been expected to climb in and out of a second floor window...

What is it with abandonment of bodies in Japan? Has anyone ever heard of a crime called abandoning a body anywhere else? Where does the idea that abandoning a body is a bad thing to do come from? I'm intrigued. On a different tack, if the girl had been in the house when the police caught up with her, that wouldn't have been abandonment, right? Surely the correct word when a cupboard or a refrigerator or something like that is used is stored, isn't it?

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As The Crow Flies, "abandonment of a body" is the crime that they charge people with at the very beginning so that they have many heavier options open should they need more time for questioning/torture and then choose to re-arrest them. Everybody knows that this charge is just the first of several which can be used consecutively, leading up to the "real" one.

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On the local news, the girl stated to police she came home and found the mother's body. She panicked and hid it. Then left with the made up story about being at a relatives house.

Also, the hotel was a "love hotel". There were pictures of the "no one under 18 sign", along with the individual parking stalls.

This just doesn't smell right, and I live in Kitanakagusuku. this is a very peaceful town. The last crime here was about 2 years ago where someone's house was robbed a few doors down from where I live. They caught the perp, but still it makes me want to keep an extra eye out for people that don't belong.

Ciao

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Needless to say, even if the "older guy" the daughter was hanging out with turns out to be related to any particular group SAVE ONE, there won't be any mass protests against that group. Not even if it turns out he killed the mom too! There is a fat double standard down in Okinawa. Yeah, man.

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Where is the outcry from the Okinawa City mayor about the heinous crimes committed by Japanese citizens? Where are her rants about how Japanese need to learn to behave like human beings?

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as_the_crow_flies at 07:25 PM JST - 21st February

“What is it with abandonment of bodies in Japan?”

It’s just an holding charge, it by passes any legal rights the person being questioned might have (might have) & if the police feel the need they can hold that person on that charge alone giving them more time to think of more interesting charges they can persuade the body abandoner to admit to.

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She left her mother in the closet , i wonder if she did it.

And this time not in saitama

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I think there was a tiff between the mother and daughter. Speculation, mind you. Just couldn't handle the anger.

Ciao

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15 year-olds can do a lot although you have to wait for the facts in this case to form a sound judgement. In the states, we just had an 11 year-old commit premeditated murder by shooting is father's pregnant girlfriend and hopping on a bus to school as if it was a regular day. He is being charged as an adult because PA doesn't have a law to charge juveniles for murder. In Maryland, a 12 year-old killed his mother and little brother with a metal instrument by beating them both to death. Sounds unbelievable but the laws have not caught up with the changing times. These kids know how to form intent, plan a crime and carry it out. Don't know about this young lady but maybe she was influenced by her grown man boyfriend. Maybe she influenced him. Sad case all the way around.

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