Jan. 03, 2014 - 03:00PM JST
Police said Friday that a 77-year-old man and his 76-year-old wife were found dead at their home in Aomori in what appears to be a murder-suicide.
According to police, the bodies of Hiroko Niiyama and her husband were found by their daughter at around 6 p.m. Thursday.
NTV quoted police as saying that Hiroko was found lying on her bed, with a cord tightly wound around her neck. Her husband was found in the garage, having apparently hanged himself, police said.
Police said there were no external injuries on either body, nor did the house show any signs of having been broken into.
The couple were last seen alive on Wednesday night.