United States tourist arrested in Japan after severed head found in apartment

United States tourist arrested in Japan after severed head found in apartment

Law enforcement received a tip that Bayraktar was keeping a woman locked up in the apartment. Traces of blood were found at the property, where a large amount of air freshener had also been used, Kyodo reported.

The arms and legs appeared to have been severed with a sharp knife.

Reports indicate Bayraktar has refused to answer questions from investigators, but has denied the accusations against him.

An examination of the body parts is being conducted to identify the victim, police said. The following day, a torso, two arms and two legs were found in mountainous areas of Osaka and Kyoto prefectures. Police believe the parts belong to the same woman, the outlet reported. None of the woman's belongings have been found.

In a separate case on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, three men have been arrested over suspicions they abandoned the body of a woman missing since December.

She and Bayraktar were last spotted together on security footage that night at the JR Morinomiya Station in Osaka around midnight, just hours before she went missing.

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Police searching for the woman found what they believe to be her head in a suitcase in the apartment.

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. A severed head was reportedly discovered in Hokkaido late last week.

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.

He traveled from his home in NY to Japan last month, where he claimed to have planned a sightseeing trip.

Sources told the Japan Times that other women had been seen with Bayraktar at the same apartment but were all confirmed alive and safe.

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