• Kyodo


The man who reportedly has admitted kidnapping and killing a 7-year-old Nara girl was taken by police Saturday to the scene of the alleged abduction.

Police had Kaoru Kobayashi, 36, a former newspaper delivery man for the Mainichi Shimbun, describe how he had persuaded Kaede Ariyama to get into his car after spotting her on her way home from school at around 1:50 p.m. Nov. 17.

Kobayashi identified his and the girl’s positions when he first talked to her, according to police.

They also brought Kobayashi to his apartment in Sango, Nara Prefecture, where he has allegedly said he brought the girl after abducting her.

Police have quoted Kobayashi as saying he first approached the girl by offering to take her to her house in his car, as she seemed to be in a hurry.

After tricking her into getting into the car, Kobayashi lured her into his apartment by telling her that he needed to pick up something there, according to the police.

Investigators have said they believe Kobayashi originally kidnapped the girl with the intention of molesting her.

On Dec. 30, the day of his arrest, police searched his apartment and found some of the girl’s belongings, including her cell phone, schoolbag and the denim jumper she was wearing at the time of the kidnapping.

The police have said Kobayashi admitted to having both kidnapped and killed her.

The girl was found dead a day later in a roadside ditch in Heguri, about 6 km from her home in Nara, with abrasions on her limbs and bruises on her face and other parts of her body.

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