Kanagawa police seek help in murder-arson case in Yugawara

Police are seeking a man shown in surveillance footage inside JR Yugawara Station
Police are seeking a man shown in surveillance footage inside JR Yugawara Station (TV Asahi)

KANAGAWA (TR) – Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Thursday released surveillance camera footage showing a person wanted for questioning in the killing of a 66-year-old woman who was found dead in her burned-out home in the town of Yugawara one year ago, reports Fuji News Network (April 21).

The footage, taken at JR Yugawara Station between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. on April 21, 2015 shows what is believed to be a man, approximately 170 centimeters in height, carrying a blue and white bag and a black backpack. He is attired in a black long-sleeved shirt and white face mask.

That same morning, firefighters extinguishing a blaze at the home of Mie Hirai, who was confined to a wheelchair, discovered her dead atop a bed with a knife plunged into her forehead.

It was later determined that the fire was intentionally started in the bedroom of the home, which is located near the station. One window of the residence was found to be smashed.

In a separate case, an elderly man was assaulted by a man wielding a steel pipe at just after midnight that same day.

Police believe that the person in the video footage is responsible for both crimes.

Persons with information on this case are advised to call the Odawara Police Station at 0465-32-0110.

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