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Cops seek boyfriend of woman found dead in home

Rika Takagi
Rika Takagi

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police are searching for the boyfriend of a 24-year-old woman whose body was found inside her apartment in Kodaira City on Friday night, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Sep. 26).

At 9:55 p.m., officers entered the second-floor apartment of nurse Rika Takagi and discovered her nude body lying face-up in a bathtub. Marks found on her neck are consistent with strangulation. It is estimated that she died one or two days before.

Takagi lives with her 25-year-old boyfriend. With a murder investigation now underway, police are searching for him to determine if he has any knowledge about her death.

At 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, Takagi left the hospital where she is employed after finishing work. By 4:15 p.m. on Friday, she had not arrived for her next shift.

A supervisor later attempted to contact her by phone and visit her apartment. But after failing to reach her, the staff member consulted with a nearby police box.

Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy to assess the cause of death.

Update: Shunichi Kono was arrested on Sunday in Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture. Kono said that he killed Takagi after she told him that she wanted to end their relationship.