Junko Ogura of CNN reporting on the body of a deceased elderly woman found stuffed in a suitcase in a Tokyo Station coin locker:
The discovery was made by an employee of the coin-operated locker service at JR Tokyo Station in the city’s Chiyoda Ward.
“There was an abnormal odor and he saw hair,” said Chiemi Sugimoto, a spokesman for JR Tokyo Retail Net, which operates the lockers.
The employee opened the suitcase on Sunday, May 31– more than one month after staff noticed it hadn’t been claimed and put it into storage, Sugimoto said.
The woman appeared to be between 70 and 90-years-old and had no obvious external signs of injury, according the Japan Times, citing the Marunouchi Police Station.
Her body was curled up in the bag, which was 70 cm high, 50 cm wide and 25 cm thick (approximately 27 by 20, by 10 inches), the report said.
It is pretty unbelievable this went unnoticed for more than one month.
My experience with the coin lockers is that if you leave your belongings in a locker past the listed timeframe, generally three days, it is immediately picked up by the coin locker operator and brought to their “lost and found” facility.
I one time left some things in a Shinjuku Station coin locker – the busiest train station in the world – and forgot to withdraw the items before the seventy-two hour time listed on the lockers. When I went back on day four, sure enough – my belongings were gone and someone else was already using the locker. As an aside, it took me a mere five minutes to claim my stuff from the lost-and-found, located conveniently near the New South Exit.
The point is this: Shinjuku Station coin locker operators police their lockers quite well. I find it a bit odd Tokyo Station is not as diligent considering how busy the station is daily. For frame of reference, Tokyo Station is the eighth busiest in Japan.
Either way, the whole story is just weird. I cannot fathom how someone even carries a bag stuffed with a human carcass through Tokyo Station without someone noticing. No matter how early or late, Tokyo Station is a mad-house.
There is definitely more to this story than currently known.