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Corpse of elderly man suspected in ax attack of sisters found near river in Tachikawa

TOKYO (TR) – The body of an elderly man suspected in the ax attack of his two sisters was found by a river in Tachikawa City last week, police have revealed, reports Nippon News Network (April 22).

At around 9:05 a.m. on April 22, investigators found the body of the man, aged in his 70s, on a bank of the Tama River.

According to police, the wet body showed no signs of external wounds.

At around 7:50 p.m. the day before, the man allegedly wielded the ax in attacking his sisters, also aged in their 70s, at the residence they shared in nearby Hino City.

The corpse of a man suspected in the ax attack of his sisters was found in the Tama River on April 22 (Twitter)

The women were transported to a hospital with injuries to the neck and back. Their condition was not considered life-threatening.

Afterward, the man dropped the ax and fled the scene. While treating the case as attempted murder, police then commenced a search in the area where he was last seen headed.

The cause of death of the man is under investigation, police said.