Hiroshima cops launch murder case after Mazda employee found dead

Kyohei Sugano, 19, was found collapsed and bleeding on an emergency staircase

Outside the dormitory in Hiroshima City where a Mazda employee was found bludgeoned to death
Outside the dormitory in Hiroshima City where a Mazda employee was found bludgeoned to death

HIROSHIMA (TR) – Hiroshima Prefectural Police have launched a murder investigation after the discovery of the body of an employee of automobile company Mazda inside a dormitory in Hiroshima City, reports Fuji News Network (Sept. 16).

At around 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, police received a call from a resident of the dormitory about the discovery of “a person collapsed and bleeding” on a second-floor emergency staircase of the dormitory, located in Minami Ward. Officers arriving at the scene found Kyohei Sugano, 19, lying face-up with wounds to his head and face.

He was later confirmed dead at a nearby hospital. The results of an autopsy revealed that he died due to loss of blood.

Sugano, who joined the company in April of last year, worked at a metal die casting department for the company, according to TBS News (Sept. 16). He had been scheduled to begin a shift at 8:15 p.m. on the night his body was found.

According to the Sankei Shimbun (Sept. 18), Sugano’s residence, located on the seventh floor, had not been ransacked.

Since the only bloodstains were found near where his body was found, police suspect that Sugano was assaulted fatally by someone on the staircase.

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