NAGASAKI (TR) – Nagasaki Prefectural Police have launched an investigation following the discovery of the bodies of a man and his daughter at the burned-out home they share in Tsushima City, reports TBS News (Dec. 9).
On Wednesday morning, a fire was reported at the residence, located in the Toyotamacho area. The body of Keishi Furukawa, a 65-year-old employee in the fishing industry, was found outside. The body of his daughter, 32-year-old Seiko, was discovered inside.
Furukawa’s wife was staying at a hospital in Fukuoka City at the time of the incident.
The results of an autopsy revealed that both persons had suffered skull fractures in several locations.
According to the Nishi Nippon Shimbun (Dec. 11), both corpses had suffered intense burns, likely due to a fire started by a flammable liquid.
The Mainichi Shimbun (Dec. 11) reports that a truck used by Keishi Furukawa was found abandoned several kilometers to the south of the residence. Police suspect that someone killed both members of the family, started the fire and fled the scene in the vehicle.
Investigative sources with the Tsushima-Minami Police Station have revealed that a witness spotted a suspicious man at a residence prior to the outbreak of the fire.
Police are treating the case as murder-arson.