Japanese police question United States tourist over severed head

Randal Sanchez
March 1, 2018

Eventually, he led investigators to a woman's naked torso in a mountainous area of the Osaka Prefecture, then two arms placed side by side about 600 yards from the torso, then a pair of legs in the neighboring Kyoto Prefecture, the Asahi Shimbun said. Police said the parts could be from the body of an unidentified woman who has been missing in the prefecture since mid-February.

Police have formally arrested the 26-year-old and he has confessed to "abandoning the woman's body", according to national broadcaster NHK.

The footage reportedly showed the man coming and going multiple times with a large bag, but never showed the woman leaving.

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.

Police say that the man, named by local media as Yevgeniy Vasilievich Bayraktar, 26, from NY, confessed to abandoning the woman's body and disposing of her remains in several locations in central Japan.

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Bayraktar is believed to have used dating apps to communicate with a number of women since his arrival in Japan in January. At the vacation home rental, authorities discovered the severed head of the woman, who has not yet been identified, inside of a suitcase.

Police found Bayraktar, who was staying in the Higashinari condo unit, in Nara and attested him on suspicion of confining the woman.

Before the discovery of the head, the suspect was being questioned on accusations he may have locked the woman in an apartment - again, accusations he denies.

Accounts from major newspapers such as the Japan Times and The Asahi Shimbun said surveillance video from February 16 shows the woman entering an apartment building in Osaka Prefecture but not leaving.

He had taken several other women to the same condominium, but the police have already confirmed the safety of all of them.

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