‘Foul smell’ leads police to skeletal remains in Yokohama residence

A woman, 60, and her two children were arrested after a corpse was found in their residence in Yokohama on Friday
A woman, 60, and her two children were arrested after a corpse was found in their residence in Yokohama on Saturday (TBS News)

KANAGAWA (TR) – Kanagawa Prefectural Police working on a tip have arrested a woman after a corpse likely belonging to her husband was found in their residence in Yokohama, reports Nippon News Network (July 16).

On Saturday, police arrested Mariko Uchiyama, 60, and her daughters, Kei (34) and Yuka (29), for allegedly dumping a body likely that of Mariko’s husband, aged in his 60s, at their residence in Kanagawa Ward.

All three suspects deny the allegations. They each told police they do not wish to discuss the matter, according to TV Asahi (July 16).

The body, which had turned partially skeletal, was found atop a futon in a bedroom. It did not have any external wounds. Police believe the person died about one month ago.

Police entered the residence after receiving a tip from a member of management of the building on Friday about a “foul smell” coming from the unit.

According to police, Mariko consulted with police at some point in the past about family trouble that resulted from her husband withholding a severance payment he had received. Separately, he told police he received domestic violence from his wife.

Police are now working to confirm the identity of the body.

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