Police investigating the murder of a 6-year-old girl in Kobe said Thursday that street surveillance camera footage showed the suspect in custody over her death walking a short distance behind her on the day she disappeared.
Police said the footage, taken at about 3:15 p.m. on Sept 11 near a convenience store in Nagata Ward showed the suspect, Yasuhiro Kimino, drinking what appears to be a can of beer as he walks behind the girl, Mirei Ikuta, two hours before she disappeared.
Police said that after they examined the footage, they visited Kimino, 47, at his apartment on Sept 16 to ask him if he knew anything about Ikuta's disappearance but said there was nothing out of the ordinary about his behavior, Fuji TV reported Thursday. Kimino also told police he was drunk and couldn't remember even seeing Ikuta walking ahead of him.
Kimino was arrested on Wednesday after body parts belonging to Ikuta were found in six bags in a wooded area near his apartment.
Police on Thursday searched Kimono's apartment looking for more clues that might tie him to the crime. Fuji TV reported that no bloodstains have been found either in Kimino's apartment or at the spot where the bags were dumped.
So far, Kimino -- who is refusing to answer questions about the crime -- has only been charged with abandoning a body after his hospital registration card and cigarette butts were found in one of the bags with the body parts, police said. DNA on the butts matched that of Kimino.
Media also reported that Kimino may have lured Ikuta to his apartment by using cats. A resident in the same apartment building, who has a number of cats, said Ikuta came to play with the cats on at least three occasions during the summer. The apartment building is about 150 meters from her home.
Meanwhile, Ikuta's parents have released a statement to the media in which they said they are struggling to come to terms with their daughter's death and that all they can do is pray she will rest in peace.© Japan Today