Ishikawa cops: School girl, 16, stabbed to death, suspect hit and killed by car

Police have retrieved a knife from the vehicle of a university student suspected in the killing of a school girl in Ishikawa Prefecture
Police have retrieved a knife from a vehicle likely used by a university student suspected in the killing of a school girl in Ishikawa Prefecture (TV Asahi)

ISHIKAWA (TR) – Ishikawa Prefectural Police have launched an investigation after the stabbing death of a missing teenage girl, whose body was found shortly after the suspect in the case was struck and killed on an expressway, reports TV Asahi (Mar. 12).

At around 10 p.m. on Friday, Ishikawa Prefectural Police found the body of Misa Ikeshita, 16, at the home of the 21-year-old male suspect’s grandfather in the Ukazuka area of the town of Noto. Ikeshita’s hands were bound, her head was bleeding, and she had suffered multiple stab wounds, NHK quoted police as saying (Mar. 11).

At around 7:40 p.m. that same day, the suspect, a university student from Nagano Prefecture, was struck and killed by a car on an expressway in the town of Anamizu, Ishikawa, located about 20 kilometers from the home. Police retrieved a knife covered in blood from a vehicle parked nearby that as likely used by the suspect.

Police visited the home of the suspect’s grandfather after finding the address on the registration of the vehicle.

Bag, mobile phone left behind

Ikeshita used chat app Line to ask her family to pick her up at a bus stop, located about five kilometers from the residence, at around 6:30 p.m. on Friday, according to the Asahi Shimbun (Mar. 11).

Her family contacted police after she did not arrive at the bus stop and they found her bag and mobile phone.

Police are tracing Ikeshita’s footsteps from the bus stop and investigating the man’s connection to the case, which is being treated as murder.

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