Police in Kurobe, Toyama Prefecture, said Sunday that the bodies of two women have been found in a car submerged in a lake.
According to police, they received a call at around 5:50 a.m. Saturday from a local resident, reporting that the barrier to the lake was smashed and that a car might have gone into the lake.
Police and emergency rescue personnel searched the lake and found the car about 25 meters from the barrier, Fuji TV reported. After pulling the car out of the lake, the bodies of two women were found inside the vehicle. The women, identified as Minako Kaneda, 80, and Kyoko Ishikawa, 79, were confirmed dead at the scene.
Police said the two women were friends and that Ishikawa had gone to visit Kaneda earlier in the week. However, on Friday, Kaneda’s relatives contacted police to say they hadn’t heard from her since Thursday.
Police believe the two women were on a leisure drive when the accident occurred sometime on Friday. The two women were not wearing seat belts, police added.© Japan Today