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Police set up an investigative squad Monday to look for clues in the July 19 disappearance of a 52-year-old woman and her 25-year-old daughter from their bloodstained home in Hirono, Iwate Prefecture.

The Iwate Prefectural Police suspect the mother, Noriko Ueno, and her daughter, Yuki, are victims of foul play in part because they apparently had no reason to leave without telling anyone.

The squad of about 75 officers plans to step up the search for the women and to try to determine whether they were involved in any disputes. The team will also try to identify the bloodstains found inside the house.

The women were last seen leaving their offices on the evening of July 19.

Police entered their home Saturday afternoon after a relative reported being unable to reach the two by phone.

Police found bloodstains covering an area of about 2 4/1 sq. meters on a straw mat room, they said.

Their two-story house was not disturbed and the doors and windows were locked, police said.

Their cars were locked and parked outside the house. The lights were on in the tatami room and in the kitchen, they said.

The mother and daughter are the only occupants of the house. The mother’s husband died several years ago, and she has a son and another daughter who live on their own.

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