Mother, 2 children found dead in apparent murder-suicide leap from cliff

Posted on July 21, 2014. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

 JUL. 18, 2014 – CHIBA — Japan Today

Police in Choshi, Chiba prefecture, said Friday that a mother and her two young children were found dead at the shore near a lighthouse in an apparent murder-suicide.

According to police, the bodies of the three—a 39-year-old woman and her two daughters, aged 6 and 4—were found just before noon Thursday at the bottom of a 20-meter cliff near the Inubosaki lighthouse in Chiba Prefecture.

TBS quoted police as saying it looked like the mother threw herself and her two daughters off the cliff.

Police said they received a call just after 10 a.m. Thursday from a man in Ichikawa, saying that his wife and children had gone to visit the lighthouse, but had not come home.

Police and firefighters went to the lighthouse and found the three bodies. They were confirmed dead at the scene. Police said the bodies showed signs of having been subjected to physical trauma, possibly caused by the fall and by the waves slamming them into rocks, TBS reported.

The woman’s car was parked nearby, police said.

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3 children, mother fall to deaths from 14th floor of Chiba condo

Posted on June 15, 2014. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

Police in Yachiyo, Chiba Prefecture, said Sunday that a 35-year-old woman and her three children, aged 2, 6 and 7, fell to their deaths from the 14th floor of an apartment block.

According to police, the incident occurred just before 6 p.m. Saturday. TBS quoted police as saying that the family did not live in the building but resided about two kilometers away, and believe the mother may have thrown the children to their deaths first and then jumped.

Police said they received a call from a passerby saying that four bodies were lying on the grounds of the apartment complex.

Police rushed to the scene and found the bodies of Kyoko Kozu, 35, her 7-year-old son, 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Police said they found a bag containing Kyoko’s belongings on the 14th floor stairwell.

Kyoko’s 32-year-old husband was at work at the time of the incident and police said they are questioning him about what might have motivated his wife to kill herself and their children.

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