TOKYO: A Japanese woman who claimed she had buried her mother’s body in a freezer in her apartment for a decade told police that she was scared of being evicted if the death was found, the media announced on Saturday.
Police said Yumi Yoshino, 48, was detained in a freezer in a Tokyo apartment on Wednesday on suspicion of leaving and hiding a woman’s 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 house they were sharing, local media reported, quoting unidentified police reports.
According to Kyodo News, the mother, believed 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 losing rent payments in mid-January, and a cleaner later found the body in a freezer locked in a wardrobe.
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 fridge, Jiji Press told the police.
Yoshino was detained on Friday at a hotel in the city of Chiba, near Tokyo.