Japanese police find missing woman's head in American sightseer's suitcase

Aerial view of the Nishinari Ward in Osaka Japan

Aerial view of the Nishinari Ward in Osaka Japan

A woman's torso and "a pair of soil-covered arms" were found in Shimamoto while legs were found in Yamashina. During an interrogation by the police, he told them he had abandoned the woman's body, The Japan Times reported.

The decapitated head was found over the weekend as police searched the apartment for signs of a missing 27-year-old woman who vanished after telling a pal she was meeting an American tourist she found online, The Ashashi Shimbun reported.

She was not seen in subsequent footage, but he was seen repeatedly going in and out of the building alone with a travel bag, according to investigative sources.

They later found what appeared to be the woman's head inside a suitcase at a flat Mr Bayraktar had booked in Osaka through a private holiday rental site, local media said.

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A surveillance video reportedly shows her walking with a man believed to be Bayraktar near Osaka's Morinomiya subway station.

After arriving in Japan in January, Bayraktar contacted various women through a "matchmaking" smartphone app and other means, according to the sources.

He has been identified in local media as Yevgeniy Vasilievich Bayraktar, a 26-year-old from NY. Another CCTV recording shows her entering the building where Bayraktar had rented a unit on Feb 16; there is no footage of her leaving.

Two men were already arrested on suspicion of abandoning the body of the 19-year-old who went missing in mid-December, according to the report.

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Nippon TV reported that the man's parents denied allegations, and said Bayraktar had always dreamed about marrying a Japanese woman.

The case - with a possible tie to Long Island - has captured national attention over the past few days in Japan, where a suspect identified by Japanese media as Yevgeniy Vasilievich Bayraktar, 26, was taken into custody February 22.

Hyogo Prefecture police, where the unnamed missing woman is from, declined to answer questions Monday night.

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