A USA tourist in Japan murdered a girl he met on a dating app, chopped her up and scattered her body parts across the Japanese countryside, police have alleged.
The decapitated head was found over the weekend as police searched the apartment for signs of a missing 27-year-old woman who vanished after telling a pal she was meeting an American tourist she found online, The Ashashi Shimbun reported. However, the video captured Bayraktar going in and out of the building - carrying "a large bag" or suitcase, the BBC and Japanese media said.
Last week, police arrested Bayraktar in connection with the disappearance of the woman, a resident of Sanda City, Hyogo Prefecture, who was last seen earlier this month.
Two days later, police found a severed head in a suitcase in another room that Bayraktar had rented in Osaka's Nishinari Ward.
The severed head of what appears to be that of the missing woman was found Saturday as investigators were searching the apartment in Osaka's Higashinari Ward that Bayraktar had been staying in since February 12.
Bayraktar is believed to have used dating apps to communicate with a number of women since his arrival in Japan in January.
Kyodo News service and other Japanese media reported that police arrested a 26-year-old New Yorker as a suspect, but police would not confirm that. There were no traces of wounds besides the cuts made to sever the body parts. The unidentified woman was only seen entering the apartment and not leaving.
During his stay for about a week from February 12 at the Higashinari lodging, security camera footage showed four or five women entering the premises with a man believed to be the suspect, the sources said. The site and others reported that the American had denied any knowledge of what happened to the woman, whose name was not released.
Authorities received "a tip about Bayraktar confining the woman in the apartment".
A local police spokesman declined to confirm details.