Police in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, on Friday night arrested a 45-year-old man on a charge of abandoning a body in the case of a 13-year-old girl who was murdered on Aug 13.
He was identified as Koji Yamada, a resident of Neyagawa City, police said.
In another development, the body of the murdered girl's classmate, Ryoto Hoshino, 12, has been found about 50 meters from a road in the mountains of Kashiwara City, about 20 kilometers from where he lived, Fuji TV reported.
The case broke earlier Friday after police requested an arrest warrant after searching the suspect's black minivan which was found parked near where the mutilated body of Natsumi Hirata was abandoned, Fuji TV reported.
The man surfaced as a suspect after police analyzed street surveillance camera footage along the national route between Keihan Neyagawashi Station, where Hirata and Hoshino were last seen, and the parking lot of a distribution center where Hirata's body was left.
Each vehicle caught on camera was checked one by one and the black minivan appeared to resemble the one that was seen going in and out of the parking lot an hour before Hirata's body was found.
Police believe Hirata and Hoshino, who had texted friends that they were planning to go to Kyoto, were taken away from the near the station in a car.
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