Two people were found dead in an Itabashi Ward home by firefighters early Monday morning, one of them a 74-year-old real estate manager and the other believed to be his wife, police said.
Police said Tuesday the body of the man has been confirmed as that of Eiichi Seta, but the identity of the woman, believed to be his wife, is yet to be confirmed. Police said the fire appears to have started in the living room where there were strong traces of oil. They later said on Monday that the pair appear to have been stabbed and their heads beaten with a blunt instrument.
Neighbors told police that while the pair didn’t associate with them much, their wealth was no secret, with one man saying that Seta always carried about 100,000 yen with him when he went to a nearby pachinko parlor. A female employee at a nearby restaurant said that even when his bill was only about 3,000 yen, Seta would lay down 10,000 yen and leave the change.
Police said there were signs amid the ruins of the wooden home that it had been ransacked before it was set on fire.© News reports