KAKOGAWA, Hyogo -- Two men have been arrested on suspicion of abandoning a woman's corpse in a plastic storage case that was found floating in Gongen dam here on Aug. 11, police announced on Aug. 18.
The suspects, Shoma Mori, 20, a resident of Osaka's Nishi Ward, and Kazuhiko Inaoka, 42, a resident of Osaka's Ikuno Ward, stand accused of dumping the body of Yuka Konishi, 20, a resident of Osaka's Yodogawa Ward, into the dam between about 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 9 and 8:40 a.m. on Aug. 11. According to Kakogawa Police Station in Hyogo Prefecture, both suspects have denied the allegations.
Police pinpointed the suspects by analyzing footage from security cameras near Konishi's house and the place where her body was abandoned, and arrested Mori on Aug. 17 and Inaoka in the small hours of Aug. 18. Police believe that the pair have knowledge of the circumstances surrounding Konishi's death and are investigating with a view to upgrading the charges to murder.
An angler found the body in the container several meters from the south shore of the dam on the morning of Aug. 11. A sandbag had been tied to the case to weigh it down. The dam is located in a mountainous area 7 kilometers north of JR Kakogawa Station and investigators believe that the suspects used a car to carry the body to the area.
The estimated time of Konishi's death was the afternoon of Aug. 10, but the cause of her death remains unknown. There is no indication that her room was burgled, and police suspect that she got caught up in trouble after going out alone.
(Japanese original by Masaru Kurokawa, Kobe Bureau)