The body of a slain 19-year-old youth was found June 18 beside the Tama River in western Tokyo after a man called police to say his son and some friends had killed another of their friends, officials said.

Police were alerted by a telephone call at around 10 a.m. from a man in Tachikawa who said his 16-year-old son had told him that he and his friends had murdered a youth near the Tama River. After searching the area, police found the body some 1.5 km south of JR Nishi Tachikawa Station. The victim was wearing a shirt that was covered in dirt, the officials said.

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