KAGOSHIMA (TR) – Kagoshima Prefectural Police have opened a criminal investigation after the body of a missing woman was found in a vehicle in Kagoshima City on Monday, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Nov. 5).
At around 10:20 a.m., an officer from the Kagoshima-Minami Police Station on patrol found the body of Ikuko Nishino, a 61-year-old part-time employee at a foodstuff company, in the passenger seat of the vehicle, which was stopped along a municipal road. She was confirmed dead at the scene.
At around 8:30 p.m. the previous day, the daughter of the woman consulted with police after she failed to return home.
The location of the discovery is near a residential area about 1 kilometer northeast of Sakanoue station.
Based on evidence found at the scene, police are treating the case as murder.