OSAKA (TR) – Osaka Prefectural Police are searching for a man following the discovery of skeletal remains at a residence in Abeno Ward where he lived before disappearing, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 27).
At around noon on Thursday, an employee from a housing guarantee company alerted police about the discovery of the remains wrapped in a cloth on the balcony of the second-floor residence, located in the Showacho area.
According to investigators, the person likely died up to one year ago. Prefectural police are now seeking to identify the body.
Three days before the discovery, the representative from the housing guarantee company entered the residence with police after rent had not been paid by the tenant, a male in his 20s, for an extended period.
According to TV Asahi (Oct. 27), police found the residence to be full of garbage. During the visit, the balcony was not checked.
Based on items found with the bones, including underwear, it is believed the corpse belongs to a woman.
“He was a salaryman-type,” a neighbor on the third floor tells the Sankei. “He lived together with a woman. There was nothing unusual about them at all.”
Police are seeking the whereabouts of the man to question him about the body.