The remains of two women were found underneath the floorboards of a three-story house in Kyoto’s Fushimi Ward. Wrapped in vinyl sheets, the bodies are suspected to have died many years ago, as one of the remains is nearly skeletal. Kyoto police believe that the remains may be linked to a suicide that took place in the same residence some few years back.
After analyzing the bodies, police believe that one of the women was in her 40s at the time of her death. Because the deaths may have happened around eight years ago, investigators had difficulty estimating the age of the other body. According to the investigation, the present resident of the house have been living in it all by himself for the past five years. He called for an exterminator to handle a termite infestation in the house. As the exterminator checked and lifted floorboards under a tatami mat, he discovered the two bodies. The current resident informed the authorities that he has no idea who the bodies are or that they were even there in the first place.
Police said that in 2006, the owner of the house at that time, along with two women in their 20s and 30s committed group suicide in the residence. They believe that the three died by carbon monoxide poisoning from pieces of charcoal. Officials suspect that the two new remains may have been victims of murder by the three who committed suicide in the same house, who hid the bodies underneath before killing themselves.