Severed corpse of woman found in Kitakyushu river
tokyoreporter.com -- Oct 02
Fukuoka Prefectural Police have launched an investigation following the discovery of a dismembered female corpse in a river in Kitakyushu City, reports NHK

At just past 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, police were tipped off about "what appears to be a human skull" in the Yoshida River near a residential area in Kokuraminami Ward by a male resident.

Police arriving at the scene examined the skull before initiating a search in the immediate area. On Sunday, several other bones were discovered in bushes several meters away.

According to the results of an autopsy, the body belongs to a woman. Further, an examination of the bones revealed that they had been cut.

Police are now seeking to identify the body. The case is being treated as abandoning a corpse.

News source: tokyoreporter.com
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