Man arrested over murder of 10-year-old girl

Posted on February 23, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Feb. 02, 2015- FUKUOKA —

Police in Buzen, Fukuoka Prefecture, said Sunday they have arrested a 46-year-old man over the murder of a 10-year-old girl who went missing on Saturday morning.

According to police, the girl, Miwa Ishibashi, was last seen by her mother after she drove her to meet a classmate at her (the classmate’s) grandmother’s house. TBS reported that the mother dropped her daughter off near the classmate’s house at around 10 a.m. Saturday. However, Ishibashi never met her friend. Her parents alerted police when she didn’t return home on Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday morning, police found Ishibashi’s body in a large vinyl bag hidden in a closet on the second floor of her friend’s house and arrested construction worker Toshiyuki Uchima, who is the common-law husband of the friend’s mother.

Police said Uchima has admitted to strangling Ishibashi—whom he knew—at another spot and then panicked and hid her body in the bag at the house.

Police are questioning Uchima on where and at what time he killed Ishibashi.

Japan Today

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