A Sapporo woman who for years shared the same house with her younger brother, a shut-in, tried to dispose of his mummified corpse with household rubbish when she finally realized he was dead, police said Wednesday.
The woman, 49, said she discovered the desiccated cadaver of Masao Tadano as she and a younger sister tried to move away in November, a police officer said, adding that she dismembered the corpse, put the remains in plastic garbage bags and left them at the house when she and her sister moved out.
An autopsy showed that Tadano, who would have been 48 at the time his remains were discarded, had been dead for 1½ to three years, the police said, adding that the cause of death was unknown. The body reportedly had no external injuries.
Tadano lived with his two sisters in an old house, but confined himself to his room and had not communicated with his family since around 2010, the police said.
The dismembered remains were discovered by demolition workers in a number of plastic bags that had been left with household rubbish when the family moved out, they added.
The woman, whose case was sent straight to prosecutors without her being arrested, told police she “did not want to be criticized and thought it would be gotten rid of in the trash,” she was quoted as saying by an investigator.
Investigators don’t believe the woman was involved in Tadano’s death.