The results of an autopsy revealed the cause of death to be strangulation. The skull of the body also exhibited a bone fracture.
Ozawa was the head of approximately 20 real estate companies in a number of prefectures in the Tohoku area, including Aomori and Akita. In January of 2014, he was reported missing by his mother, who lives in Tokyo. He was 62 years of age at the time.
On October 6, police arrested three men for illegally changing corporate registrations of companies belonging to Ozawa.
The land where Ozawa’s body was found had been rented by one of the suspects. During questioning, two of the suspects admitted to burying Ozawa’s body and provided a description of the location.
Police are now attempting to confirm that the remains are indeed those of Ozawa.
Police are also investigating the disappearance of roughly 200 million yen from bank accounts and office safes of Ozawa.
Police believe that at least one of the suspects ran into financial problems with Ozawa over real estate.