Tokyo police arrest man after finding dismembered bodies in apartment

Tokyo police have arrested a man after finding "multiple" dismembered bodies in coolers in his apartment in a city southwest of the capital.

The 27-year-old suspect confessed to cutting up the bodies and hiding them in cold-storage cases, covered with cat litter, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.

This aerial photo shows the apartment, center, where police found dismembered bodies in coolers in Zama city, southwest of Tokyo. Photos: Kyodo News via AP

Investigators found the bodies while searching for a 23-year-old woman who had disappeared, the spokesman said.

The national broadcaster NHK and other media said police believed the bodies of eight women and one man were hidden in the apartment. The missing woman is thought to be one of them.

People gather in front of the apartment.

They said the woman had contacted the man via social media seeking someone for a suicide pact.

Local media said police first found the severed heads of two victims in coolers in the apartment's entryway. The reports cited the man's neighbours as saying they had noticed foul smells near the apartment.

Police inspect the apartment where dismembered bodies were found.


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