Suit­case bod­ies may be miss­ing Chi­nese

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - By CAI HONG in Tokyo cai­hong@chi­

Two bod­ies found stuffed in­side suit­cases aban­doned in moun­tain­ous for­est near Tokyo are sus­pected to be miss­ing Chi­nese sis­ters, lo­cal me­dia re­ported on Fri­day.

Po­lice of­fi­cers re­port­edly found the corpses folded in­side the bags at two sep­a­rate sites in the woods on Thurs­day, me­dia said.

Po­lice are try­ing to iden­tify the bod­ies. They said these bod­ies might be two Chi­nese sis­ters who were liv­ing in Yoko­hama and miss­ing since July 6.

Parts of the corpses are in a state of de­cay.

The Chi­nese em­bassy in Tokyo said the two sis­ters’ mother con­tacted them on Tues­day and asked for help to find them. The em­bassy has urged the Ja­panese po­lice to try their best to break the case.

Ja­panese me­dia re­ported that a se­cu­rity cam­era showed a man in his 30s go­ing in and out the sis­ters’ apart­ment many times and tak­ing sev­eral big suit­cases with him be­fore the pair went miss­ing.

The man is said to be a fre­quent cus­tomer at a restau­rant where the elder sis­ter worked. Kana­gawa po­lice are look­ing for him as a sus­pect in the killings.

The sis­ters — Chen Baolan, 25, and Chen Baol­ing, 21 — were from China’s Fu­jian prov­ince. The younger one was a stu­dent.

In a state­ment is­sued on Wed­nes­day, Yoko­hama chap­ter of the Fu­jian Econ­omy and Cul­ture Pro­mo­tion As­so­ci­a­tion in Ja­pan said the group has con­tacted the Chi­nese em­bassy im­me­di­ately af­ter learn­ing that the women were miss­ing.

Grisly mur­der cases of­ten grab head­lines in Ja­pan, though the coun­try is known as one of the world’s safest with an an­nual mur­der rate of less than one per 100,000 peo­ple.

Agence France-Presse con­trib­uted to this story.

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