FUKUOKA (TR) – A male suspect charged with murder and connected to a number of missing persons has admitted to grinding the bones of multiple corpses, investigative sources revealed on Thursday, reports Jiji Press (June 19).
Shinya Nakao, the 47-year-old manager of a used goods shop in Chikugo City, told Fukuoka Prefectural Police that several bodies were buried in the garden of the home of his parents. “Later, the bones were dug up, ground down with a machine and tossed in a nearby river,” the suspect is quoted.
The couple is accused of beating the head, face and back side of the victim (then 22) at their apartment in early May of 2004. He died the following month.
Around October of last year, reports about a number of people related to the couple who had gone missing over the past decade surfaced.
Officers have searched the used goods shop, Nakao’s residence and the home of his parents. A bone fragment found in the garden on the property of the shop was confirmed to belong to Hidaka.
A search of a riverbed near the home of Shinya Nakao’s parents on June 12 revealed several human bone fragments. A DNA test is now being used to determine the identity of the person.
During a search of a property connected to the couple, officers discovered a pulverizing machine that is suspected to have been used to grind the bones.
According to Nikkan Gendai (June 19), six people connected to the couple, including Hidaka, are missing or dead.