Police said Wednesday that the body of a 78-year-old woman was found next to a burned-out car near her home in Fukuchi, Fukuoka Prefecture, in what they are treating as a murder case.
According to police, the body was found at 5 a.m. on Tuesday. The victim is believed to be a local florist, Fuji TV reported, but police said identification of the charred remains will be difficult.
Police say that signs of a struggle were evident in the victim’s home. Bloodstains were found in the home and along the 60-meter stretch of road leading to the scene of the fire.
Police believe the victim was attacked in her home and then carried to her car, which was then set alight by her assailant.