AICHI (TR) – Aichi Prefectural Police arrested a 54-year-old man after a corpse likely belonging to his mother was found in their residence in Ichinomiya City on Sunday, reports the Chunichi Shimbun (Aug. 30).
At around 10:55 a.m., officers working off a tip entered the residence of Masahiro Kato, of no known occupation, and found the decayed body lying face-up on the floor inside a first-floor room.
The body showed on signs of external wounds. Due to the stage of decay, the gender of the body is not known.
However, since the suspect’s 82-year-old mother cannot be located the body is likely hers, the Ichinomiya Police Station said.
During questioning, Kato said that his mother died around August 23. “I didn’t report [her death] because it was a hassle,” the suspect was quoted by police in admitting to allegations of abandoning a corpse.
Prior to the discovery, a neighbor contacted police after not being able to contact the suspect’s mother over an extended period.