Police said Sunday that the NHK cameraman involved in the disappearance of a housewife in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, deleted his cell phone email records before the suicide attempt that landed him in hospital last week.
The woman left her parents' home on Feb 6, saying she was going out to collect money owed to her by a male acquaintance. When she failed to return, her parents filed a missing persons report on Feb 7.
The man in his 30s, who claimed to have been an acquaintance of the missing woman, was being informally questioned by police. On Friday, he returned to his parents' house and attempted suicide. He survived the attempt, although he was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
Police said Sunday that the man has regained consciousness and is now able to nod in answer to questions. They are currently attempting to retrieve data from the man's phone and are eager to hear the reason for the deletion of the email records. The missing woman's cell phone has yet to be found.© Compiled from news reports