Police in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Sunday they have arrested a 60-year-old woman and her two daughters on suspicion of abandoning a man's body.
According to police, Mariko Yamauchi and her two daughters, Kei, 34, and Yuka, 29, left the body, believed to be that of Yamauchi’s husband, in their apartment for more than a month.
The decaying body of the man who appeared to be in his 60s was found on Saturday after the apartment manager contacted police about a bad smell coming from the apartment, Fuji TV reported.
When police went to the apartment, Yamauchi told them that her husband had left about a month ago and had not come back. However, when police searched the apartment, they found the man's remains on a futon in a bedroom. Police said the body bore no external signs of injury and added that an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.
The three women have pleaded not guilty to the charge and repeatedly said they don't know anything or wish to discuss the matter, according to police.
Police said they had been consulted by members of the family last year after a dispute between Yamauchi and her husband about him hiding his retirement pay, escalated into abuse.© Japan Today