Shiga cops: Murder-suicide suspected in death of 6-year-old girl, father

Toru Nakai is believed to have strangled his daughter to death and then hanged himself

Outside the construction equipment storage yard in Ritto CIty
Outside the construction equipment storage yard in Ritto CIty

SHIGA (TR) – Shiga Prefectural Police are investigating what is believed to be a murder-suicide after the discovery of the bodies of a man and his daughter inside a construction equipment storage yard in Ritto City, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Feb. 27).

On Saturday afternoon, police found Toru Nakai, a 36-year-old carpenter, hanging by his neck from the arm of a backhoe inside the yard, located in the Kanoji area.

The body of his 6-year-old daughter, Nana Kubo, was found in the back seat of a passenger vehicle parked near the backhoe. Her neck contained markings consistent with strangulation by a cord.

Police believe that Nakai killed his daughter before taking his own life.

According to relatives, Nakai had been in a custody dispute with the girl’s mother. Since Friday evening, the whereabouts of Nakai and his daughter had been unknown.

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