Police in Kobe on Tuesday plan to serve a new arrest warrant for murder on a suspect in the killing of Mirei Ikuta, 6, whose body parts were found in bags in a wooded area on Sept 23.
The suspect, Yasuhiro Kimino, 47, has so far 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. DNA on the butts matched that of Kimino.
His lawyer told media Monday that he speaks with police but refuses to discuss the murder of Ikuta, TBS reported.
Police found a rucksack belonging to Ikuta in Kimino's apartment which is near the area where the girl's remains were dumped. Investigators also found bloodstains which matched Ikuta's in the bathroom and other places in the suspect's apartment. Underneath the bathtub, they also found a knife believed to have been used to cut up Ikuta's body.
Media have 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.© Japan Today