Dismembered Japanese girl found 100m from home
THE dismembered body of a six-year-old Japanese girl has been found in several plastic bags near her home, officials said yesterday.
DNA tests confirmed the body parts were those of Mirei Ikuta, who went missing in the western city of Kobe on Sept 11, local police said.
The police later arrested Yasuhiro Kimino, 47, an unemployed man who lives near the girl's home, in connection with the killing, a police spokesman said.
Japan has one of the world's lowest crime rates and violent crime is relatively rare. It is not uncommon for children as young as six to walk home alone from school, even in big cities.
An intensive search was launched after Mirei failed to return home two weeks ago, but there were no leads until a number of foul-smelling plastic bags were uncovered in a bush just 100m from the girl's house on Tuesday.
They contained most of the girl's remains, a police spokesman told AFP by phone, adding that some body parts had yet to be found.
Clothes and sandals believed to belong to the girl were also found at the site, he added.
Media reports suggested there were six plastic bags, one of which contained a patient registration card in the suspect's name.