A man was arrested Tuesday after the severed parts of nine bodies were found stored in coolers inside his apartment, Japanese media reported.
Police originally were led to Takahiro Shiraishi’s apartment in Zama, a city just outside the Japanese capital of Tokyo, while investigating the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman.
The missing woman was last seen on a security tape with Shiraishi earlier this month near his apartment, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported.
While searching the apartment, police made the grisly discovery of body parts of 8 women and one man in a number of coolers.
Shiraishi told admitted to investigators he had killed the nine people, according to NHK.
“I killed them and did some work on the bodies in order to hide the evidence,” he told police.
A police spokesman told Reuters the 27-year-old was arrested on suspicion of abandoning a body, although it was not clear whose body it was.
“Some body parts were found in a picnic cooler, covered with cat litter,” the spokesman told the news agency.
Police think the woman may have met Shiraishi on a website for people with suicidal feelings.
The woman had previously posted messaged to Twitter saying she wanted to die, but was afraid to do so alone, according to NHK.
Police plan to carry out DNA test to identify the body parts, which included two severed heads, The Japan Times reported.
A neighbor of Shiraishi told the Times he noticed an “odd smell” that came from his apartment in August.
“I thought it smelled like sewage,” the neighbor said. “It was something I never smelled before.”
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