Jiji Press NIIGATA (Jiji Press)—Police are questioning a man on a voluntary basis in connection with the murder of a 7-year-old girl in Niigata, informed sources said Monday.
The man in his 20s, a neighbor of the victim, has made statements suggesting his involvement in murdering the girl, Tamaki Omomo, a local elementary school second-grader, and abandoning her body on a train track in the city, said the sources familiar with police investigations.
According to the Niigata prefectural police, the driver of a train noticed the girl lying on the track around 10:30 p.m. on May 7 and hit the brakes, but could not stop the train in time.
An autopsy found that the cause of her death was suffocation.
The police believe that the girl was killed somewhere else before she was hit by the train and that her body was left on the track.
The girl was on her way back home with several friends around 3 p.m. on that day. She is believed to have gone missing after saying goodbye to the friends.
Her family reported to the local police around 5 p.m. that she had not returned home.
According to the investigative sources, a pink umbrella that the girl was carrying on the day of her disappearance is still missing. The fingerprints of several people were detected on her school bag, found near the train track.Speech