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Japanese man arrested after young Vietnamese girl killed

Associated Press logo Associated Press 14/04/2017
A woman sobs after offering flowers where a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl was found dead in Abiko, near Tokyo, Friday, April 14, 2017. Police have arrested a Japanese man in connection with the girl's death, weeks after her naked body was found near a trench. Chiba prefectural police said Friday they arrested 46-year-old real estate salesman Yasumasa Shibuya on suspicion he abandoned the girl's body. Japanese media say Shibuya headed a parents' association at the school the girl attended. (Ren Onuma/Kyodo News via AP) © The Associated Press A woman sobs after offering flowers where a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl was found dead in Abiko, near Tokyo, Friday, April 14, 2017. Police have arrested a Japanese man in connection with the girl's death, weeks after her naked body was found near a trench. Chiba prefectural police said Friday they arrested 46-year-old real estate salesman Yasumasa Shibuya on suspicion he abandoned the girl's body. Japanese media say Shibuya headed a parents' association at the school the girl attended. (Ren Onuma/Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO — Police arrested a Japanese man Friday in connection with the death of a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl near Tokyo, weeks after her naked body was found near a trench.

Chiba prefectural police said they arrested 46-year-old real estate salesman Yasumasa Shibuya on suspicion he abandoned the girl's body in Aiko City. Police are continuing to investigate him in the girl's murder and say he has been silent about the case. Autopsy results showed that she was choked to death, suggesting she was possibly strangled, according to police.

Shibuya headed a parents' association at the school the girl attended, according to Japanese media. They say the suspect headed a neighborhood initiative to watch over children walking to and from school.

The body of Le Thi Nhat Linh was found on March 26, two days after she disappeared on her way to school. The third-grader was last seen alive in a security camera footage showing her carrying a red schoolbag on the back and wearing a hat, apparently a view just before she was captured.

She was loved by her neighbors, and her killing has caught attention in the nation.

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