Japan: police finds missing woman's detached head

Fredrick Soto
March 1, 2018

The woman left work February 15 and traveled to Osaka; she told a friend she was meeting an American she had met online, and the Washington Post reports she posted to Instagram that she was off to meet "Jay".

The New York man was staying in a dwelling that tourists use as cheap lodging.

Police believe the victim is a Japanese woman last caught on CCTV walking with the suspect, the BBC reported. A severed head was reportedly discovered in Hokkaido late last week. The Tokyo Reporter says no blood or other indications of a crime have been found at that apartment, with the Japan Times adding that a lot of air freshener had been used. Local media said the woman was a 27-year-old office worker from Sanda City.

The investigation moved forward on Saturday when a head was found in a suitcase at a lodging facility in Osaka's Nishinari ward.

Though she was not seen on video again, the man was spotted entering and leaving the apartment multiple times by himself while carrying a large bag. A camera inside also recorded the two entering together, but did not capture the woman leaving, the investigators said.

Two men were already arrested on suspicion of abandoning the body of the 19-year-old who went missing in mid-December, according to the report.

The New York man, who had been in Japan since January for sightseeing purposes, had first denied any allegations against him and refused to answer any questions authorities asked, according to the Asahi Shimbun.

The case - with a possible tie to Long Island - has captured national attention over the past few days in Japan, where a suspect identified by Japanese media as Yevgeniy Vasilievich Bayraktar, 26, was taken into custody February 22.

Bayraktar was arrested on Thursday, Feb. 22, after police received a tip that the American tourist was confining a woman inside his vacation rental at Osaka's Higashinari Ward.

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