Kanazawa Ishikawa Pref.
The body of a female high school student, her hands and mouth bound with duct tape, has been discovered in an abandoned home in Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture, police said Saturday.
The body, which had multiple stab wounds, was discovered Friday night and later identified as that of Misa Ikeshita, a 16-year-old high school student who lived in the town.
Ikeshita went missing earlier Friday, police said, adding that a man linked to her death — a college student from Nagano Prefecture — may have committed suicide in the neighboring town of Anamizu, in Ishikawa Prefecture.
Police believe she was abducted on her way home from school as some of her belongings, including a mobile phone and gym clothes, were found scattered near a bus stop.
Ikeshita had sent a text message to her mother at around 6:30 p.m. asking to be picked up at the bus stop.
An autopsy showed that she had bled to death from a wound to her neck and is believed to have died at around 7 p.m. Friday soon after she was abducted.
At around 7:40 p.m. Friday, the 21-year-old college student linked to Ikeshita’s death was hit by a car while walking along an expressway in Anamizu.
Police found a car, one that the student had apparently been driving, parked near the scene of the accident. Inside the vehicle, they discovered the knife believed to have been used in the killing, they said.
Authorities said they discovered Ikeshita’s body at the empty home after visiting the address of the man’s relative, the vehicle’s registered owner.
He had stayed there for several days, they added.
Because there are no records on her mobile phone that she had communicated with the college student and since police hadn’t receive any complaints of her being stalked, police suspect the two were not acquainted.
“We are very saddened (by the loss). It is unforgivable and I don’t have words, also as a parent,” said Naoji Okubo, principal of the victim’s high school. Ikeshita, he said, was a good student an active member of the school’s brass band.