Police in Choshi, Chiba prefecture, said Friday that a mother and her two young children were found dead at the shore near a lighthouse in an apparent murder-suicide.
According to police, the bodies of the three -- a 39-year-old woman and her two daughters, aged 6 and 4 -- were found just before noon Thursday at the bottom of a 20-meter cliff near the Inubosaki lighthouse in Chiba Prefecture.
TBS quoted police as saying it looked like the mother threw herself and her two daughters off the cliff.
Police said they received a call just after 10 a.m. Thursday from a man in Ichikawa, saying that his wife and children had gone to visit the lighthouse, but had not come home.
Police and firefighters went to the lighthouse and found the three bodies. They were confirmed dead at the scene. Police said the bodies showed signs of having been subjected to physical trauma, possibly caused by the fall and by the waves slamming them into rocks, TBS reported.
The woman's car was parked nearby, police said.© Japan Today