Body parts found in cooler; man arrested

  • Body parts found in cooler; man arrested

Body parts found in cooler; man arrested

The parts included at least two severed heads, arms, and legs, scattered across picnic coolers in the apartment, and covered with what appeared to be cat litter, Japan's Asahi Shimbun reported.

Security camera footage showed the victim and the suspect walking together at Hachioji Station and Sobudai-mae Station. Police spotted a saw they think may have been used to cut up the bodies.

According to Japanese public broadcaster NHK, police searched Shiraishi's home as part of an investigation into the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman from Hachioji City, in the Tokyo suburbs.

Police are now investigating to determine whether Shiraishi, who was arrested on suspicion of body disposal, killed the woman and the other eight victims.

The body parts, found inside cold-storage containers and tool boxes, apparently belonged to eight women and one man.

Following questioning, police arrested Takahiro Shiraishi, 27, on suspicion of abandoning a corpse.

Other media said Shiraishi and the woman had connected via a website featuring information about suicides.

The apartment is located near the U.S. Army's Camp Zama.

Although mystery still shrouds about the identification of dead bodies but media reports suggested that the bodies were of eight women and one man.

According to Kyodo, the woman's brother who contacted the police on October 24, his sister had been missing since October 21.

Police made the grisly discovery at an apartment in Zama, a city just outside Tokyo, Japan.

An neighbor in the apartment building said he noticed an unusual smell coming from Shiraishi's apartment after he became a resident in August, but did not observe any odd noises or voices.

"I thought it smelled like sewage", the neighbour said. "It was something I never smelled before". In 2015, a man killed five people, including relatives and neighbors, in a knifing spree in western Japan, and was later sentenced to death.