Police have been questioning a coworker of the woman who was found murdered on May 2. The body of the woman, who has been identified as 26-year-old Konomi Watanabe, was discovered in a mountain forest in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture. Police said Tuesday they are currently questioning the man on a voluntary basis.
According to police, Watanabe told her parents, with whom she lived, that she was going out to talk to a coworker about marriage. She then set off by car from Chiba to Yamanashi. Watanabe's coworker, a 30-year-old man, is married but Watanabe reportedly told her parents he was planning to get a divorce and marry her. Watanabe left her home late in the evening on April 29 and was not heard from again.
Police said the man in question had an exemplary attendance record at work and had not been absent since joining the company in 2006. However, he took two days off on April 30 and May 1.
The suspect is also believed to be renting a second apartment in Kofu. On the evening of April 30, a neighbor witnessed the man carrying a large object that appeared to be a futon from his apartment.
When they were unable to contact their daughter after April 30, Watanabe's parents began searching for her and asked the man if he had seen her. He told them that he hadn't seen their daughter.© Compiled from news reports