Saturday, media outlets claimed that a Japanese woman who said she buried her mother’s corpse in a freezer in her apartment for a decade told police she feared eviction if the death was discovered.
The police told AFP that Yumi Yoshino, 48, was detained in a freezer in a Tokyo apartment on Wednesday “on suspicion of abandoning and hiding a female body.”
After finding her mother dead ten years ago, Yoshino said she buried the body because she “didn’t want to move out” of the home they were sharing, local media reported, citing unidentified police sources.
According to Kyodo News, the mother, thought to have been about 60 at the time of her death, was assigned to rent an apartment in a municipal housing complex.
According to the news, Yoshino had been forced to leave the apartment after skipping rent payments in mid-January, and a cleaner then found the body in a freezer hidden in a closet.
The time and cause of the woman’s death could not be determined by an autopsy, although there were no obvious wounds on the frozen body, the reports said.
The body had been twisted to fit in the freezer, Jiji Press told the police.
Yoshino was detained on Friday at a hotel in the city of Chiba, near Tokyo.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN