• Kyodo


A year after an elderly woman’s body was found stuffed in a yellow suitcase in a locker at JR Tokyo Station, police on Tuesday released a reproduced portrait of the woman as well as the suitcase itself.

The Metropolitan Police Department’s Marunouchi Police Station will also put up some 300 posters showing an illustration of the woman wearing a beige cardigan like the one found on the corpse.

Based on discussions with a company that manages lockers in the station, the police suspect the suitcase was placed in the locker between 8 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. on April 26 last year.

The woman appears to have been in her 70s or older, about 140 cm tall, with rheumatoid arthritis in both hands. She had few teeth and possibly wore some kind of dentures. The police believe she had dental work within the last decade.

A worker for the locker management firm found the corpse on May 31 last year when looking inside the suitcase, which had been left in a storage area for unclaimed luggage. It also contained a towel distributed to customers of a pachinko parlor in western Saitama Prefecture.

Police have received 167 pieces of information in connection with the case, but have not found anything that could help identify the woman.

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