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Miyagi: Flies lead to discovery of corpse in residence

MIYAGI (TR) – Miyagi Prefectural Police arrested a 44-year-old man after he was found to be living with the corpse of his father in Iwanuma City on Sunday, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Nov. 5).

At around 11:00 a.m., an acquaintance of the father of Shigeki Hatakeyama visited the residence, located in the Kuwabara area.

After noticing an accumulation of newspapers in the mailbox and a large number of flies, the acquaintance alerted police. Officers arriving at the scene found the body of Hatakeyama’s 71-year-old father with no external wounds.

Police accused Hakateyama, of no known occupation, of abandoning a corpse on Monday. “After my father died, I left him as is,” the suspect was quoted by the Iwanuma Police Station in admitting to the allegations.

The corpse of a man was found in a residence in Iwanuma City on Sunday (Twitter)

According to police, Hatakeyama shared the residence with his mother.

In addition to seeking a motive for the crime, police are investigating the cause of death.