• Kyodo


A small boy’s naked, bloodied body was found Wednesday morning in a Nagasaki parking garage.

Police identified the boy as Shun Tanemoto, 4, a preschooler who disappeared Tuesday evening from an electric appliance store about 4 km away.

According to Nagasaki Prefectural Police, Tanemoto’s body was found on the ground floor of the eight-floor parking garage at around 9:45 a.m., with what appeared to be his clothing dumped nearby.

A worker at the garage alerted rescue workers after finding the body.

The body had a bloody head wound and several bruises, police said.

An autopsy was performed later in the day to determine the cause of death.

According to Tanemoto’s family, the boy had gone shopping with his parents and a younger sister in Yamada Denki Tech Land, a large electric appliance shop, at around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

He told his parents he was going to the TV game corner on the second floor of the store, and was not seen afterward. His father, Tsuyoshi Tanemoto, 30, a local company employee, called police at around 8:15 p.m.

Police believe the boy was likely killed after being kidnapped by somebody at the shop. They have mobilized 120 investigators for the case.

The family did not receive any ransom demands, according to police.

The parking garage where the body was found is in the middle of a busy commercial district in downtown Nagasaki. The police headquarters and Nagasaki District Court are nearby.

The garage closes for business at 10 p.m., and there are few people in the area late in the evening.

“This is an office district, and security is not so bad, since we have the prefectural police headquarters nearby. Such a thing should not have happened here,” said a women who works nearby.

The boy’s family lives in a quiet residential district in the northern part of the city. A neighbor said the family moved in about 1 1/2 months ago and frequently went out together on weekends.

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