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A footprint near where an 11-year-old boy was stabbed to death last week in Kinokawa, Wakayama Prefecture, is similar to the size and pattern of sandals a suspect arrested in the slaying was wearing, investigative sources said Tuesday.

The investigators lifted the footprint from a concrete cover for a ditch on the edge of the vacant lot where Toshi Morita was found dead. An analysis indicates the footprint to be similar in size and pattern to sandals that Oshu Nakamura, 22, was wearing Friday evening when he was asked to submit to voluntary questioning at a local police station, the sources said.

The police believe the print supports the suspicion that Nakamura entered the lot, the sources said.

They also said the three knives that police confiscated earlier are capable of killing or wounding. The blades are roughly 40 cm long, 1 cm thick at most and similar to kukri knives, whose blades are curved. Such knives are often carried by soldiers as weapons, leading the police to believe Nakamura had a strong intent to kill.

The knives were found covered in a wardrobe case in Nakamura’s dwelling.

He was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of murder. Morita was stabbed repeatedly, sustaining nearly 10 wounds, including to his head and arms. He died from a stab wound to his heart, the sources said.

Nakamura has denied killing or even knowing Morita, who lived 80 meters away.

The investigative sources have said that no bloodstains were found on the knives, although simply washing a knife in water can result in a negative test result.

They also said that one of three bloodstains found near a shoe rack in Nakamura’s dwelling has been confirmed to match Morita’s, citing DNA analysis. The other two matched Nakamura’s DNA.

They said traces of blood were also found on the entrance door and in the toilet of Nakamura’s house, but not in the bathroom or bedroom.

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