YAMAGUCHI (TR) – Yamaguchi Prefectural Police are investigating what is believed to have been a murder-suicide after the discovery of the corpses of an elderly man and his wife at their residence in Shunan City, reports TBS News (Apr. 22).
At just past 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, officers working off a tip found the bodies of Teruo Takeichi, 74, and his wife, 69-year-old Toshie, inside the residence.
According to police, the body of Teruo had stab wounds to the neck, which was also wrapped in a cord. Toshie’s body had several stab wounds to the abdomen.
Officers entered the residence after a relative contacted police to indicate that both persons had dropped out of contact for an extended period.
The bodies were in the living room and kitchen. A knife with a 20-centimeter-long blade was found near Teruo, police said.
Police did not reveal why it is suspected that the case was the result of a murder-suicide but the front door was locked and the interior showed no signs of having been ransacked at the time of the discovery.