NAGASAKI – Authorities in Nagasaki are trying to identify a man captured on video footage with a young boy as they suspect he was involved in the recent kidnapping and murder of 4-year-old Shun Tanemoto, police said Saturday.
The police said they are analyzing footage from security cameras along a shopping street that showed the man with a young boy who looked like Tanemoto. The cameras were located in a shopping area about 150 meters from the car park where Tanemoto was killed.
The police are trying to identify the man based on information such as his height and clothing as the video images are blurred.
Eighteen surveillance cameras are set up along the 360-meter shopping street. The images the police are examining come from nine cameras that are positioned along a 160-meter stretch on the west side of the street and were taken between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tuesday.
According to investigators, Tanemoto disappeared Tuesday evening after telling his parents he would go to a video game section in an electronics shop at around 7 p.m., about 4 km from where his body was found.
The child’s naked body was found at a multistory car park in Nagasaki on Wednesday morning, with his clothing nearby. Coroners determined that the boy died from brain damage after his skull was smashed.
Investigators believe the boy was thrown off the roof of the multistory car park, more than 20 meters above where his body was found, and died sometime between 8 p.m. and midnight Tuesday.
Police had initially believed that Tanemoto’s abductor used a car to travel from the electronics shop to the parking lot.
However, because the camera footage shows that the boy was not resisting, investigators have decided not to rule out the possibility that the pair used other means of transportation, such as the local tram.