UTSUNOMIYA, Tochigi Pref. (Kyodo) Police have decided to conduct DNA tests on evidence from an unsolved 1979 murder of a 5-year-old girl in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture, investigative sources said Tuesday.

While the statute of limitations for the murder of Maya Fukushima has run out, the Tochigi Prefectural Police made the unusual decision to start testing as early as the beginning of October at the request of the victim’s father, Yuzuru Fukushima, 55.

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