A woman whose corpse was found floating in a harbor near here had consulted police concerning a male acquaintance she said was stalking her and threatening her with murder, police revealed Tuesday.
On the morning of Sept 29, police said they were contacted by a crew member on a barge transporting gravel in Okayama’s Shin Okayama Port. The crew member reported sighting a floating female corpse. The dead woman was subsequently identified as 24-year-old company employee Aya Sugimoto of Okayama.
On Sugimoto’s head, police found numerous abrasions indicating assault with a blunt instrument. Sugimoto had been missing since Sept 26. She left her house around 9 p.m. on that day, telling her family she was going to a movie. She had not been heard from since.
On the night of Sept 27, police say they received a phone call from a man who reportedly said, “I killed Ms Sugimoto.” The call apparently came from an Okayama hotel. The caller was identified as a 24-year-old Okayama resident whose occupation is unknown. He apparently intended to commit suicide in the hotel room by slashing his wrist with a cutter knife. He is believed to have met Sugimoto about a year earlier. In mid-September Sugimoto told police he had stalked her repeatedly and she was frightened.
The man has been hospitalized. Police say that when he recovers, they will pursue charges against him of murder and abandoning a corpse.© Wire reports