Mitsuru Nakata, a 38-year-old sergeant with the Fukuoka Prefectural Police, is accused of being involved in the deaths of his family, including 38-year-old wife Yukiko Nakata, son Ryosuke, 9, and daughter Miyu, 6.
Their ‘ bodies were found at their home and Nakata denies the allegation.
The sergeant works for the prefectural police’s communications dispatch division.
“This is an unprecedented scandal in the history of the prefectural police,” said an investigative source.
The police initially suspected murder-suicide, given the signs of strangulation on the two children. However, the police now suspect Nakata tried to alter the scene to point to suicide.
An autopsy later found signs the wife had also been strangled, prompting the police to treat the case as a possible murder.
Before he was arrested, the suspect told investigators that on his day off Monday he slept in the house with the three at night, and that they were still sleeping when he left for work around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, according to the police.
Autopsy results showed that the two children were dead by 5 a.m. Tuesday, contradicting his claim.
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