FUKUSHIMA (TR) – Fukushima Prefectural Police have arrested four men in connection with a dismembered corpse found in the town of Aizumisato earlier this year, reports Kyodo News (Oct. 23).
Police have accused Tomu Amano, a 32-year-old executive of a company, and the three other suspects of carving up the corpse of Yoshiaki Sugaya, 49, and burying it in a forested area of the town.
The four suspects deny the allegations, according to the Aizu-Wakamatsu Police Station.
On April 26, a man picking wild plants found the body — later identified as belonging to Sugaya — in the forest and alerted police. Officers arriving at the scene found the unclothed body partially buried with the head and at least one leg exposed.
The cause of death was a strong blow to the head, police said.
The four suspects experienced money-related problems with Sugaya. Police are now investigating whether to apply murder charges to the suspects.