A 29-year-old male nursery teacher was arrested Sunday for allegedly abandoning the body of a Tokyo woman who had been missing since September in a resort town near the capital, police have said.

A body identified from fingerprints as that of Saori Tomizuka, 35, was discovered buried in a vacation home area in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, police said.

Yoshito Sato has admitted to breaking into the home of Tomizuka in Tokyo to steal money and strangling her when she resisted, investigative sources said, adding that the police expect to also serve him with an arrest warrant for murder.