Doctor and daughter arrested after man beheaded in notorious love hotel

A doctor and his daughter have been arrested after the headless body of a naked man was found in a love hotel in Japan.

The grim discovery was made in the hotel in the Susukino district of Sapporo, in the north of the country, at the beginning of July, local news outlets report.

'Let’s Susukino Hotel' staff were shocked to find the naked body in the bathroom, but there was no head anywhere in sight.

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Local reports say the doctor and his daughter were arrested Monday on suspicion of being involved in the beheading of the man.

Cops told The Mainichi the severed head was carried out of the hotel and into the street.

Police told the paper they are trying to determine a motive as well as the relationship between Osamu Tamura, 59, his daughter Runa, 29, and the victim, identified as 62-year-old Hitoshi Ura.

The police told the newspaper they believe Runa and Ura were acquainted but have declined to say at this stage whether the two suspects have pleaded guilty to any allegations.

Investigators are making claims that Ura and another individual, believed to be Runa, checked into the hotel around 10.50pm on July 1. That other person, possibly Runa, then left at 2am.

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Police claim Osamu, a psychiatrist at a hospital in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, is suspected to have dropped off and picked up the daughter at the hotel. The police believe he did not enter the building.

An autopsy of the victim revealed the cause of death was haemorrhagic shock caused by blood loss from stab wounds, while Ura's head was cut off with a blade. The head was then removed from the scene.

Police maintain the person who accompanied Ura was small, wearing light-coloured women's clothing and a wide-brimmed hat when entering the hotel, but was dressed in black upon leaving.

Investigative sources told the paper Ura's body was discovered later on July 2 by a worker at Hotel Let’s who went to check the second floor room after becoming suspicious when he had not checked out by the afternoon.

The incident occurred in the Susukino area of the city where many short-stay so-called ‘love hotels’ are located.

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