The body of a woman was discovered wrapped up in a plastic tarp inside the storage room of a vacant house in Gotemba City, Shizuoka Prefecture, police said Thursday. The family who had lived in the house had moved last month, police added.
According to investigators, the body -- identified as Ayako Hisamatsu, 26, a resident of Izunokuni City -- was found Wednesday morning by workers who had started renovating the empty house. According to police, the body has begun to decay, making it difficult to determine if it bore signs of external injuries or not.
Hisamatsu was reported missing by her mother on Feb 23. Authorities say a 42-year-old woman and her two children had lived in the house but moved April 25. The property was auctioned off and had been purchased by a real estate agent.© News reports