• Kyodo


Kanagawa Prefectural Police said they have identified two bodies with gunshot wounds found Monday in a mountainous area as those of a 73-year-old man from Atsugi and his 43-year-old son.

The police said it might be a case of double suicide.

The bodies were found at around 10:15 a.m. in a car parked near a mountain trail in the town of Matsuda. The remains were identified as those of electrician Katsuyoshi Fujimura and his son, Mitsuhiro.

Both had gunshot wounds to their temples, the police said.

A handgun was found inside the car near the bodies. The police said there was no sign of struggle, adding to their suspicion the men jointly committed suicide. They opened an investigation into how the men managed to acquire the weapon.

According to the police, the younger man had been suffering from a disease — which was not identified — for a long time, and his father had become increasingly worried about his son’s health. They also said the son was unemployed.

Police also said that on Sunday night, the elder man’s 70-year-old wife reported the disappearance of the two after having received an email from him that said, “I’ll take Mitsuhiro for a ride.”

A passer-by found the men, who were wearing button-down shirts and dress pants, in a car reportedly obtained from a rental agency based in Yokohama. They were seated in the driver’s seat and the front passenger seat.

The police, who found the gun between the front seats, also said the ignition key had been removed and hidden under the driver’s seat. Both of the front doors were unlocked.

The mountain trail is part of a prefectural road about 2 km northeast of Shin-Matsuda Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line.

According to local residents, the area is quiet and few people pass by. There are a few factories and houses located nearby.