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Girl held over death texted of her distress

Kyodo

A 16-year-old girl arrested Sunday for allegedly dumping the body of a former classmate in the mountains in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, contacted her friends before turning herself in, her friends claimed Tuesday.

Earlier reports said the girl confessed to killing her 16-year-old friend and leaving her on a mountain. Police found a corpse, presumably of her friend, Saturday. Neither of the two have been identified.

According to the sources, the girl posted several messages to her friends using the popular instant messaging app Line, including words of appreciation for their support.

Prefectural police said they will obtain the girl’s communication records from the Line operator.

According to friends, the girl ran away from home at the beginning of month, and her initial comments were light. However, in a message posted July 9, she revealed she had been taken into protective custody by police, when she was “at the city office working on some issues.”

She added: “Nothing is going right.”

On Thursday night, after returning home and the day before she turned herself in, she wrote, “This is by far the biggest thing I regret in my life.” A post written early Friday reads: “I can’t stop crying. I can’t stand 10 or 15 years.” This was followed by a message that reads: “Please wait for me until I get out. I’ll grow up.”

None of the messages, however, included details of what her regret pertained to, her friends said.

On Friday, the girl thanked her friends in a message addressed to about a dozen of them, saying “I’m glad you’ve been there for me. Thank you.” The girl turned herself in about three hours later.

After 11:30 a.m. Saturday, when the girl was being questioned by police, she wrote to friends, including apparently her boyfriend: “I talked about it and decided (to turn myself in). Now I am being questioned. Sorry for letting you down.”

Another subsequent message said; “I’m really upset.”

The girl was arrested early Sunday, apparently after confessing to killing her friend.

Police are investigating with the assumption that some of her friends may know what exactly happened to lead the girl to turn herself in.