Investigators on Friday continued to search the home of an executive in connection with the case of missing British bar hostess Lucie Blackman, who disappeared in July.
Police began searching Joji Ohara’s residence in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, police turned Ohara over to prosecutors Friday.
Based on videotapes and photographs seized during the search, investigators are looking into possible links between Ohara and Blackman, police sources said.
Several young foreign women appeared in the videotapes, police said, without mentioning whether Blackman was among them.
The sources also said the Metropolitan Police Department has received telephone calls from several foreign women who are current or former hostesses in Tokyo’s Roppongi entertainment district in Minato Ward, saying they were molested by a Japanese man after they got drunk.
Police are investigating whether Ohara is also involved in those cases.
Ohara was arrested Thursday on suspicion of molesting a Canadian woman in March 1996.
Earlier reports identified him as the president of a real-estate firm and owner of properties in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture.
The reports alleged that Ohara, 48, took the Canadian to his condominium in Kanagawa Prefecture and molested her after drugging her drink.
The woman worked as a bar hostess in Roppongi. Blackman, a former British Airways flight attendant, also worked as a Roppongi bar hostess before she disappeared about two months before her 22nd birthday.
The bar where the Canadian woman worked and the bar where Blackman worked are near each other.
Blackman disappeared after leaving her apartment in Shibuya Ward on July 1, telling a friend someone was going to take her for a drive to the seashore. It was the friend’s understanding that Blackman was going on the outing with a male patron she met at her club.
Two days later, the friend received a call from a man identifying himself Akira Takagi and saying Blackman was undergoing training in a new cult in Chiba Prefecture.
The disappearance became a high-profile case when Blackman’s father and sister visited Tokyo and appealed for help in finding her.
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