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Decapitated body found buried in farmerís field

Date Posted: 2008-12-25

Police have more questions than answers as they investigate the mutilated body discovered in a remote field near Ogimi Village in northern Okinawa.
The bizarre discovery came Saturday after a farmer in the Takou area called authorities to report someone had been digging holes in his field, and he was concerned. He told Nago City Police heíd first discovered two holes several weeks ago, while surveying the field with his wife, but thought them the work of a prankster and filled the dirt back in. Upon returning to the area December 20th, he found the holes reopened and a trunk, two suitcases, two shovels and a pickaxe nearby. Thatís when the farmer called police.
Nago City Police began digging in the holes, about two meters in diameter, striking an object. The object was a black translucent plastic bag wrapped numerous times around what the found to be a manís body. When the plastic was removed, the scene became more macabre as they found the body had been beaten, then hacked into pieces. The torso was in one bag, the head in a second, a hand in one, a severed arm in another, two legs in two other bags and another body part in a sixth. One arm was missing. The individually wrapped body parts were then rolled into the large plastic and wrapped repeatedly with tape.
Okinawa Prefecture Police brought into the investigation have identified the murdered man as Masaki Nitta, a 50-year-old self-employed Chatan resident.. Police say they believe Nitta was killed in mid-December. The trunk found next to the holes, police theorize, was intended to be buried in the holes, but the murderer didnít have enough time.
The Tako area where the body was found is a remote location deep in a mountain area, with only one residence nearby. Dense brush surrounds the scene, and only the farmer-owner regularly visited the field. Nittaís body was found in the field, not too far from a road used primarily by local residents. Thus far, Okinawa Prefecture Police say they have no suspects.

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