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Suspect held after woman's body found in car in Mie parking lot


Police in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 41-year-old truck driver on suspicion of killing a 46-year-old woman whose body was found in a car in the parking lot of a leisure facility on Wednesday. According to police, she had strangulation marks on her neck.

Police identified the suspect as Yuji Nakayama, and said he has admitted killing office worker Shoko Sakaba. Tokai TV reported that Sakaba was found dead in a minivan in the parking lot of Nagashima Sports Land at around 7 p.m. Wednesday by a police patrol. She was found lying face up on the back seat. The car was locked but there was no sign of the car keys.

Sakaba spoke to her 12-year-old daughter on the phone after finishing work at around 9 p.m. on Tuesday and said she would be home in five minutes. However, she did not return home.

According to police, they found a note written by Sakaba in which she said that Nakayama owed her money. Nakayama was arrested early Friday morning.

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With all the CCTV these days wont be long till they catch him, robbery or rape I guess. RIP. Any chance of a follow up JT.

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That's brutal. Not only an awful thing to happen to a woman but also so traumatic for her 12 year old girl.

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May she in RIP!!! I feel sorry for her daughter who was waiting for her mom to come home!

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Thanks for following up JT

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With you on that one, @Speed, and @misunderstood. He owed her money so he killed her instead of paying up. Wish I could support her daughter, and the many other kids who lose their parents this way. And there are a lot of them.

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It has now turned out that "it's all darkness one step ahead" for the victim, and "crime doesn't pay" for the suspect. But still, there is no end to crime there. I can't really figure it out.

May she rest in peace. And I feel sorry for her 12-year-old daughter.

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