AKITA (TR) – Police discovered the strangled body of a girl in an apartment in Akita City on Monday next to her unconscious mother in what is likely an attempted murder-suicide case.
Akita Prefectural Police found Chisako Chiba, 40, lying next to the body of her daughter, 9-year-old Megumi, in a room of the apartment, located in the Yabaseonuma area, the Sankei Shimbun reports (June 20). The woman, who is unemployed, was unconscious in critical condition and rushed to the hospital.
Police believe the daughter had been strangled to death and said the room was locked with no signs of forced entry.
Authorities plan to open an investigation into the possibility of an attempted murder-suicide, and will question the mother once she recovers.
The daughter is registered at an orphanage, which said it filed a missing persons report with police after the girl temporarily went home on Friday afternoon and still didn’t return on Monday morning.