Japan Arrested US Tourist, Then Found a Severed Head

27-year-old woman was captured on video entering a building, but not exiting
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2018 7:17 AM CST
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Journalists gather near the site where a body part believed to be of a missing woman was found in Osaka, western Japan Monday, Feb. 26, 2018.   (Yuki Sato/Kyodo News via AP)

A New Yorker who arrived in Japan in January to see the country has been in custody since Thursday, originally accused of confining a 27-year-old Japanese woman in an apartment. Now, a gruesome twist: That woman's head was on Saturday found in another apartment tied to Yevgeniy Vasilievich Bayraktar. Though it was originally reported that the 26-year-old wasn't talking to police, the Japan Times reports police found "soil-covered arms" and a torso in one town in Osaka and legs in another town in Kyoto and tracked down the remains using information provided by Bayraktar. It reports the remains bore no injuries other than the cuts at the points of dismemberment.

The woman left work Feb. 15 and traveled to Osaka; she told a friend she was meeting an American she had met online, and the Washington Post reports she posted to Instagram that she was off to meet "Jay." She was captured via surveillance footage meeting a man thought to be Bayraktar near a rail station in Osaka; the two are shown entering the apartment building in Higashinari Ward connected to the "confinement" charge against Bayraktar. She is not seen leaving the building, but Bayraktar is, a number of times, with sources telling the Asahi Shimbun he allegedly had a large bag with him on several of those occasions. The Tokyo Reporter says no blood or other indications of a crime have been found at that apartment, with the Japan Times adding that a lot of air freshener had been used. (More Japan stories.)

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