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Character: Akiko Kiyota
Place: Tokyo / Yumemi Salon
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August 1st, 2005 evening edition
Woman Beaten to Death
Roommate Sought for Questioning
…around 4 p.m., the body of a beaten woman was found in an apartment in Tokyo's Shinjuku District. An employee of a local restaurant, the woman was identified as 18-year-old Ryuko Tagawa. The body was found by Tagawa's employer who went to her apartment when she failed to return during working hours. The restaurant owner called the local authorities when he discovered a suspicious man in the apartment where Tagawa was lying face down in a pool of blood, her head badly beaten.
A warrant was issued for the murder suspect, Soji Abe (24), an unemployed man who refused to accompany the police for questioning, and escaped the scene of the crime.
Further investigation revealed that Abe had resided with the victim for about a year in the same apartment room where Tagawa met with her untimely death. Neighbours also reported hearing them arguing on the previous night of the incident.