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Real estate firm owner, his wife and mother-in-law killed at home in Nagoya

JIJI

The Aichi Prefectural Police have launched a murder investigation into the deaths of three people Saturday in Nagoya after they were apparently attacked inside their home.

Sumio Hayakawa, 68, who runs a real estate business, was already dead when officers arrived at the scene. His 64-year-old wife, Noriko, and her mother, Shizue, 84, were later confirmed dead at a local hospital, according to the police.

The couple’s 39-year-old daughter, who also lives at the house, remains unaccounted for and the police are urgently trying to determine her whereabouts.

According to the police, the husband appeared to have been beaten several times on the head, while his wife and mother-in-law are thought to have been strangled with a necktie.

Their son, 35, who resides nearby, found the three lying on the floor when he visited the home around 9:20 a.m., and immediately called the police.