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Body parts found in Tokyo park pond likely left within past month

Investigators search a park pond in Tokyo's Meguro Ward, where human body parts were found, in this photo taken from a Mainichi helicopter on June 23, 2016. (Mainichi)

Human body parts found in a park pond in Tokyo's Meguro Ward on June 23 had not decomposed very much and are thought to have been left there within about the last month, according to Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) sources.

The investigative headquarters set up at the MPD's Himonya Police Station is moving forward with an autopsy on the body parts to determine the cause of death, and is attempting to identify the deceased.

According to investigative sources, so far six body parts have been found: a head, trunk, and both arms and legs. They are believed to all be parts of the same adult, and appear to have been cut off using a sharp blade. The neck and buttocks have what appear to be cuts on them, but nothing that looks like a fatal wound.

At the park pond, divers are searching for the body parts that haven't been found yet, while investigators are examining security camera footage to try to identify who put the remains there.

The parts were found after an 80-year-old park cleaner found what looked to be a human leg floating in the pond at around 10:30 a.m. on June 23.

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