For the severed head of a woman found in a suitcase in his holiday rental flat, an American tourist is in police custody in Japan after the.
Yevgeniy Vasilievich Bayraktar, 26, from New York, has been arrested and is being questioned by police following the discovery in Osaka last week.
The victim is believed to be a 27-year-old woman from Sanda in Hyogo prefecture. She was last seen on CCTV cameras alongside Mr Bayraktar, just hours before she went missing on February 16.
Security footage reportedly captured the woman meeting Bayraktar at a train station in Osaka around midnight and then entering an apartment building together. After that, Mr Bayraktar, who is thought to have arrived in Japan in January for a sightseeing trip, was captured on security footage entering and leaving the flat several times on February 16 with a suitcase, but there was no further sign of the woman.
The woman had earlier told a friend that she was planning to meet a man she had met via a social networking site, according to local newspapers. When she did not return home on February 17 and her mobile phone was no longer going through, her relatives reported to police.
Six days later, police searched the flat where the woman entered with Mr Bayraktar after receiving a tip that he was confining a woman in the flat. There, they discovered a head in a suitcase. Arms, legs, and a torso were also found in a mountainous area nearby.
Mr Bayraktar has denied the allegations and remained silent during police questioning, according to media reports.