SAITAMA (TR) – Saitama Prefectural Police are investigating what is believed to have been a murder-suicide in Saitama City after finding the bodies of a boy and his mother, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Nov. 10).
At around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, a newspaper delivery person found the body of the boy, a 16-year-old high school student, collapsed and bleeding on the grounds of a 12-floor apartment building in the Onaricho area of Omiya Ward. He was later confirmed dead at a nearby hospital.
Officers from the Omiya Police Station then visited the boy’s residence, located approximately 200 meters away, and discovered the body of his mother, a 46-year-old part-time employee, in the second-floor living room with a stab wound to her chest.
Based on the content of a note found by police, it is believed that the boy stabbed his mother to death before taking his own life by leaping from the apartment building.
According to an acquaintance, the boy’s father is living away from home on a job assignment.