20-year-old student admits to strangling 3-year-old girl in Kumamoto

Posted on March 6, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , , |

Saturday 05th March, 05:15 AM KUMAMOTO

A 20-year-old college student was arrested Friday on suspicion of abandoning the body of a 3-year-old girl who went missing at a supermarket in the city of Kumamoto the previous day and was found dead on a nearby riverbank, police said.

Yoshihiro Yamaguchi, a sophomore at Kumamoto Gakuen University, was quoted as telling investigators that he strangled Koko Shimizu in a restroom at the supermarket and carried her body in his backpack to abandon it at the riverbank, according to the police.

The girl went missing while shopping at the supermarket with her parents and brother on Thursday evening. The security camera in the store captured her going to the restroom alone but did not record her coming out.

The footage also showed a young man with a backpack entering the restroom after Koko and leaving with a bulging backpack around 15 minutes later, according to the police.

The girl’s body was found on a riverbank around 800 meters north of the supermarket. There were no obvious signs of injury, police said.

The suspect told the investigators he had taken the girl’s body to the riverbank by bicycle.

It is believed that he was unacquainted with the victim and that he happened to see her in the supermarket, police said.

The girl’s parents reported to police that their daughter was missing.

Police made inquiries at senior high and other schools in the city as the supermarket’s security camera had captured the image of a young man, later apprehending Yamaguchi who told them where he had abandoned her body.


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