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

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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