A woman was arrested after her mother’s body was found in a freezer in her Tokyo home.
Yumi Yoshino, 48, said she found her mother dead 10 years ago and hid the body because she feared an eviction if her death was discovered, local media reported.
Police said she was held “on suspicion of abandoning and hiding a female body” that was found in the freezer on Wednesday BBC News.
According to police, the body was bent to fit in the freezer, which was hidden in a closet.
There were no visible wounds on the frozen body.
An autopsy could not determine the time and cause of death of the woman.
The body was reportedly discovered by cleaning staff after Ms. Yoshino was forced to leave the home due to a lack of rent payments.
The mother, who is believed to be around 60 at the time of her death, was named when she rented the apartment in an urban residential complex, Kyodo told News.
Yoshino was forced to leave the apartment in mid-January as she was behind on rent payments of 1.1 million yen (around £ 7,600).
Her whereabouts were unknown until Friday morning. Investigators found her in a hotel in the city of Chiba, near Tokyo.
It comes after a man who killed two women and hid their bodies in a freezer in the UK was imprisoned for 38 years.
The 36-year-old Zahid Younis killed the Hungarian citizen Henriett Szucs and the mother of three Mihrican Mustafa.
Their bodies were found in Younis’ apartment in Canning Town, east London, in April 2019. Police were sent there to investigate after Younis was reported missing.
The women’s bodies were found after officers opened a padlocked freezer that was in a closet, surrounded by flies and objects piled on top.