SAITAMA (TR) – Based on a confession provided by a former gangster on death row, police believe human bones found in a forested area of Saitama Prefecture likely belong to a real estate executive who went missing two decades ago, reports TV Asahi (Nov. 30).
At around 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, a repair crew working in a mountainous area of the town of Tokigawa found what is likely the lower-half of the body of Mamoru Saito, a 49-year-old real estate executive who went missing in 1998.
Investigators had searched for the remains of Saito without success in that same general area earlier this year after receiving a tip provided by Osamu Yano, a 67-year-old former head of the Yano Mutsumi-kai, a one time affiliate gang of the Sumiyoshi-kai.
This is the second such incident involving Yano that has emerged this year. In April, police using information provided by the mobster found the body of Shizuo Tsugawa, a 60-year-old real estate executive, in a mountainous area of Isehara City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
In the case of Saito, he went missing after a meeting in the Ikebukuro area of Tokyo’s Toshima Ward on April 5, 1998. According to information released in a court-related report in September of 2014, Yano said Saito was abducted and strangled to death over money problems that included a loan of 86 million yen.
Police on Wednesday were expected to begin searching the area for more bones and begin working to confirm the person’s identity.