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Man strangles 10-year-old girl and hides her body in his closet after coming to his home to play with her classmate

By Mason White 12:50 PM February 2, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
A man was arrested on charges of murder after allegedly strangling a young girl and hiding her dead body in the closet of his home, police in Japan said.

Fukuoka Police said that the arrested 46-year-old Toshiyuki Uchima on Sunday, after he was accused of killing 10-year-old Miwa Ishibashi.

During questioning, Uchima, who works in construction, admitted to strangling the girl and hiding her body in his home.

According to the police investigation, the girl died around 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Her body was found in the closet on the second floor of the house. The girl was visiting her classmate’s home, where the suspect also lived.

The girl was last seen leaving her mother’s car near the suspect’s house, and her parents reported her missing to the police.

Police searched the suspect’s home and found the body of the girl in the closet.