Body Of Japanese Woman Mailed To Tokyo In Box Marked ‘Doll’

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A suspect is in custody after the body of a Japanese nurse was found stuffed in a box at a Tokyo storage facility where it had been mailed using the deceased woman’s credit card.

Rika Okada, 29, was stabbed to death and stuffed in a 6-by-6 foot box marked “doll” that was mailed to a short-term storage facility in Hachioji city, west of Tokyo.

A 29-year-old woman, who was not identified, was arrested in connection with Okada’s death after she was busted using Okada’s passport. The suspect surrendered to authorities at the Japanese consulate in Shanghai, where she waited to be questioned about the murder. She had reportedly been good friends with Okada since elementary school.

Before Okada went missing from her home in Osaka in late March, she posted on Facebook that she was going to see an old friend for the first time in over 10 years.

She had been stabbed more than a dozen times, although police said that she did not have any defensive wounds on her hands or arms, the South China Morning Post reported.

The suspect, who is Japanese-Brazilian, took a flight to Tokyo in early May using Okada’s passport. She was detained in China on Tuesday on suspicion of passport theft. She allegedly lives near the storage lock-up where Okada's body was found.

Japanese authorities are negotiating with Chinese officials for her extradition.

Sources: South China Morning Post, New York Daily News