A Japanese woman who said she hid her mother’s body in a freezer in her apartment for a decade told police she feared an eviction if the death was discovered, media reported on Saturday.
Police told AFP that 48-year-old Yumi Yoshino “on suspicion of leaving and hiding a female body” was held in the freezer of an apartment in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Yoshino said she hid the body 10 years ago because she “didn’t want to move out of the house” she shared with her mother after finding her dead, local media reported, citing unnamed police sources.
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 after the rental payments were missing, and a cleaner discovered the body in a freezer hidden in a closet.
An autopsy could not determine the time and cause of death of the woman, the reports say.
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