Police on Thursday further increased the number of officers searching for the remaining body parts of University of Shimane student Miyako Hiraoka, 19, and have begun checking video stores in the area for certain DVD rental patterns in the belief that horror movies may have had a part to play in the disturbing crime.
A mushroom collector last Friday discovered the severed head of the girl, who went missing last month after leaving work at an ice cream parlor in Hamada, Shimane Prefecture. Police, deploying about 200 officers a day so far, have since found her torso, left ankle and a thigh bone, all in separate locations and possibly hurled into the undergrowth from a vehicle.
Meanwhile, grisly details about the condition of Hiraoka's body emerged. Police revealed to the media that there were signs Hiraoka had been burnt in places. Media have reported that the head showed signs of assault before her death, that both breasts had been cut off the torso, and that the flesh seemed to have been scraped off the thigh bone.
Police said that they were analyzing highway cameras on nearby Route 186, which connects Hiroshima and Hamada, looking for one car in particular that a nearby resident said had repeatedly sped down the windy road that Hiraoka used to walk home, at around the same time of night.
The male resident told police that he saw a car speed down the narrow road once or twice a week for the past couple of months at around 9.30 p.m., the same time that Hiraoka used to walk home after her part-time job finished. The man added that he hadn’t seen the car since Hiraoka went missing on Oct 26.
Police also said that Hiraoka had told her parents several days before she went missing that she would be changing her part-time job as the walk home was scary for her. Her new workplace was located near JR Hamada station, in the direction which several people claimed to have seen a woman with a black-and-white top similar to the one Hiraoka was wearing.© Wire reports