USA tourist questioned in Japan over torso and head

Sean Reid
March 1, 2018

A United States tourist in Japan murdered a girl he met on a dating app, chopped her up and scattered her body parts across the Japanese countryside, police have alleged. 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.

The severed head of what appears to be that of the missing woman was found Saturday as investigators were searching the apartment in Osaka's Higashinari Ward that Bayraktar had been staying in since February 12.

Police have searched locales based on his accounts and found dismembered body parts in mountainous areas in Osaka and Kyoto.

Aerial view of the Nishinari Ward in Osaka Japan
Aerial view of the Nishinari Ward in Osaka Japan

Nippon TV reported that the man's parents denied allegations, and said Bayraktar had always dreamed about marrying a Japanese woman.

Bayraktar was the last person to be seen with the missing woman before she disappeared. None of the woman's belongings have been found.

Bayraktar and the woman, 27, allegedly met on a dating app and the two were planning on meeting, the woman apparently told one of her friends. However, the video captured Bayraktar going in and out of the building - carrying "a large bag" or suitcase, the BBC and Japanese media said.

The woman's head was found Saturday in a suitcase at a short-term lodging facility, or minpaku, in the Nishinari ward of the city of Osaka, investigators told the local news media. "It became impossible to locate the woman as the battery on her mobile phone went dead afterward", reported

He traveled from his home in NY to Japan last month, where he claimed to have planned a sightseeing trip. On February 15 she told a...

Police reportedly plan to serve a new warrant for the American's arrest for the disposal and damaging of a body.

He had taken several other women to the same condominium, but the police have already confirmed the safety of all of them.

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