Yokohama woman found dead in missing boyfriend’s bathtub


The body of a 21-year-old woman was found in the bathtub of a Yokohama apartment she shared with her boyfriend, who is missing, officials said Sunday.

The woman, identified as Yoshiko Hagiwara, appeared to have been dead several days when police investigators found her body at around 8:15 p.m. Saturday.

She had lived in the unit with the boyfriend since sometime earlier this year. Police have obtained an arrest warrant for the man on suspicion of abandoning a body and are trying to locate him.

The bathtub was filled with water. The body was dressed in a T-shirt and jeans, according to the Kanagawa Prefectural Police.

An autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death.

The apartment in Minato Ward belongs to Hagiwara’s boyfriend, identified only as a 27-year-old scaffolding worker. The man rented the unit in January, and Hagiwara, from Isogo Ward, moved in sometime later, according to police.

Police examined the apartment after a female acquaintance of the boyfriend alerted police Saturday afternoon that something was wrong between him and Hagiwara.

Police quoted the acquaintance as saying that the boyfriend told her Friday evening that Hagiwara “is no longer alive.”

The acquaintance said she tried but failed to get him to talk to police, and he disappeared, the officials said.

Incident in Ibaraki

MITO, Ibaraki Pref. (Kyodo) An unidentified young female was found collapsed early Sunday near a roadside in Iwai, Ibaraki Prefecture, and died later at a nearby hospital.

There were no visible signs of assault or external injuries, a police official said, adding that an autopsy would be performed to determine the cause of death.

She was found in bushes near a road. She was not wearing shoes, but her feet were not dirty, officials at Iwai Police Station said, leading to suspicion somebody carried her to the spot and left her there.

She appeared to be anywhere from 16 to 25 years old. Police said she was about 150 cm to 160 cm tall. She was wearing a blue T-shirt, a black jacket and a pair of denim shorts.