Local authorities in Japan who were investigating a case of a missing woman recently uncovered a gruesome scene at an apartment complex in Zama, south of Tokyo.
During a police operation, dismembered bodies of eight women and one man were found inside the apartment of 27-year-old Takahiro Shiraishi, according to Japan Times.
Following his arrest, Shiraishi reportedly told investigators: “I killed them and did some work on the bodies in order to hide the evidence.”
The officers were reportedly led to the scene while searching for a missing 23-year-old woman who had been seen walking together with Shiraishi on CCTV last Monday. The woman’s older brother had reported her disappearance to the police soon after she went missing on September 21.
Reports suggest that Shiraishi and the woman apparently got connected through a website about suicides.
According to a local news outlet, the woman had recently posted on Twitter: “I’m looking for someone to die with me.”
Officers initially found two severed heads inside an ice chest at the flat’s entrance before eventually finding the other body parts. TBS reported that the heads of a total of nine bodies were found stored inside various containers in the apartment.
Shiraishi was arrested on a tentative charge that he dismembered one body and placed it inside a cooler.
A representative from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police noted that the suspect is not contesting the charge.
“He has said ‘I dismembered a body and placed it inside a cooler and poured cat litter over it. It was meant to hide the body that I killed and to hide evidence’,” the officer was quoted as saying.
Shiraishi also reportedly told investigators that he chopped up the bodies and “dumped cut flesh and organs in the trash.”
DNA tests will be facilitated by authorities in an effort to identify the deceased.