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Burned bodies of Japanese couple found in Bali home

Kyodo

Indonesian police are investigating after an elderly Japanese couple were found dead Monday at their home in southern Bali.

The burned bodies of Norio Matsuba and his wife, Hiroko, both 76, were found in their second-floor bedroom by their adopted son, whose nationality was not immediately clear, just before noon, said Denpasar Police Chief Hadi Purnomo.

Purnomo said their faces were burned beyond recognition. He said the husband’s body was found under a burned bed next to the body of his wife, which was under a pile of wood.

Purnomo said two second-floor bedrooms and a ground floor bathroom had fire damage, while blood was found between a bathroom and a bedroom on the second floor.

“We are still investigating. We cannot conclude yet whether this is a case of murder or not,” he said, adding that police have questioned several people so far, including the couple’s housemaid and driver.

The house is located in the Jimbaran area of the South Kuta District.