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Body parts found across Kansai based on American man's confession

An area near where the human torso and arms were discovered is seen in this photo taken from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter in Shimamoto, Osaka Prefecture, on Feb. 26, 2018. (Mainichi)

OSAKA -- The torso, arms and legs of a person believed to be those of a missing woman whom an American man allegedly held captive here have been found in Osaka and Kyoto prefectures, police said on Feb. 26.

Hyogo Prefectural Police said the torso was found in the mountains about 1 kilometer northwest of JR Shimamoto Station in Osaka Prefecture, while both arms were discovered several hundred meters north of that point, covered with earth. Both legs were found in the mountains roughly 2.5 kilometers east of JR Kyoto Station, in Kyoto's Yamashina Ward.

The body parts were apparently discovered on Feb. 25 based on statements provided by the suspect, 26-year-old Yevgeniy Vasilievich Bayraktar. Hyogo Prefectural Police arrested Bayraktar on Feb. 22 on suspicion of illegally confining the woman in a vacation rental in Osaka's Higashinari Ward. He has reportedly admitted having abandoned the body parts, including the torso.

Police are set to serve a second arrest warrant to Bayraktar in the near future accusing him of abandoning and mutilating a corpse, while looking further into details surrounding abandonment of the body parts.

According to police, both arms and both legs appear to have been severed at the base with a blade. There are no visible stab wounds. No personal items such as clothing have been found at any of the sites.

Police are investigating whether blood detected at the Osaka vacation rental where Bayraktar allegedly held the 27-year-old woman captive matches that of the body parts.

It is understood that Bayraktar entered Japan in January 2018 for sightseeing purposes. From around Feb. 12, he stayed at an apartment in Osaka's Higashinari Ward designed for short-term stays. On Feb. 15, the missing woman headed toward Osaka from the Hyogo prefectural city of Sanda, telling a friend, "I'm off to meet a male acquaintance in Osaka."

Based on security video footage, it appears that both Bayraktar and the woman went into the apartment in Higashinari Ward in the early hours of Feb. 16. and that the suspect left alone on Feb. 18. During this time, a person thought to be Bayraktar was caught on security camera entering and exiting the building several times while carrying a large bag.

Investigative sources have revealed that the suspect also took several other women into the same apartment -- all of whom have been confirmed by police as being safe. In total, four or five women were recorded on camera going into the building with a person thought to be Bayraktar.

Hyogo Prefectural Police suspect that Bayraktar tried to expand his network of friends through social media, and are now looking into possible motives for his actions.

It is also understood that the suspect used the name "JAY" on social media and that the missing woman from Sanda, Hyogo Prefecture, apparently told an acquaintance on Feb. 15, "I'm going to meet Jay," just before she disappeared.

It is believed that Bayraktar used smartphone dating apps to become acquainted with a number of different women. There is a wide range of dating apps, both free and fee-based, in Japan and overseas that allow people who have similar interests to get in contact by entering their name, job, address, age, and providing a photo. In addition, there are apps that allow users to find other people nearby by using GPS.

There are also dating apps that work in tandem with Facebook which operates on name-based registration, and popular apps that promote "peace of mind" services based on the fact that real names are used.

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