KANAGAWA (TR) – Kanagawa Prefectural Police have launched an investigation following the discovery of the body of an elderly woman who had been strangled to death in her residence in Hiratsuka City, reports TBS News (Feb. 23).
At around 11:00 a.m. on February 22, the body of Hiroko Toriumi, 80, was found collapsed inside her residence by a relative.
According to police, the body did not have any external injuries. However, Toriumi was found to have vomited blood. The results of an autopsy revealed the cause of death to be suffocation due to pressure applied around the neck.
Police are treating the case as the result of foul play.
Police suspect that the perpetrator gained access to the residence by breaking a window on the first floor. Since Toriumi was released from a hospital on February 20, police suspect she was killed over the three-day period before her body was found.