Jiji Press ABIKO, Chiba (Jiji Press) — A vehicle of a man who was arrested Friday for allegedly abandoning the body of a Vietnamese girl in Chiba Prefecture was captured by a security camera installed near the site where her school bag and other belongings were found, investigative sources said Sunday.
The suspect, Yasumasa Shibuya, 46, was also found to have worked in the transport industry, the sources said.
The Chiba prefectural police believe that Shibuya, who runs a real estate lease business, is familiar with areas around the sites where the belongings of the nine-year-old girl, Le Thi Nhat Linh, and her body were found.
Shibuya has kept silent over the high-profile incident, the sources said.
Linh, who was a third-grader at an elementary school in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, went missing soon after leaving her home in the city for school on the morning of March 24. She was found dead near a drainage ditch in the city of Abiko on March 26.
The police suspect that Linh was murdered after being kidnapped by someone using a vehicle.
Her school bag and other items were found on March 27 at a site near the Tonegawa river in the city of Bando in Ibaraki Prefecture, about 20 kilometers from the place where her body was found.
Between March 24 and 26, a mini-vehicle of Shibuya, head of an association of parents of children at the Matsudo elementary school, was captured by a security camera set up near the site where Linh’s belongings were found, according to the sources.
Shibuya could have driven in areas around the Abiko and Bando sites when he was working in the transport industry, the sources said.
The police seized two vehicles owned by Shibuya, including the mini-vehicle, on Friday and are investigating whether anything related to the incident has been left inside them.
Father expresses grief
NARITA, Chiba (Jiji Press) — The father of a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl found dead in Chiba Prefecture last month flew back to Japan on Sunday morning from his home country where he buried the body of his daughter.
Le Anh Hao, the father of the girl, Le Thi Nhat Linh, and his family arrived at Narita Airport in the prefecture.
On news that a man living near the family’s home in the city of Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, was arrested for abandoning the girl’s body, Hao, 34, said to reporters, in a shivering voice, that he hopes the man will be punished under Japanese law.
Hao said his heart has been aching since he lost Linh, an elementary school third-grader, adding that he wants to talk with the person responsible for her death face-to-face. He said he does not know what to do now.Speech