Bangladesh police investigate missing Japanese businesswoman

AP News
Posted: Nov 24, 2015 9:28 AM
Bangladesh police investigate missing Japanese businesswoman

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in Bangladesh have opened a murder investigation in the disappearance of a Japanese businesswoman following reports that her body was buried in a graveyard under a false name.

Police filed a petition with a Dhaka court seeking permission to exhume the body of 60-year-old Hiroe Miyata to conduct an autopsy and determine the cause of death, court documents show. A hearing on the petition is to be held Thursday.

On Tuesday, a separate Dhaka court gave police four days to interrogate five people detained in connection with the case, a police official said on condition of anonymity because higher authorities had asked police not to talk to the media in detail about the case for now.

The official said police received an initial report nearly three weeks ago that Miyata had disappeared. They began an investigation and detained the five people based on her phone call records and other information. Later, the missing person report was changed into a murder case, he said.

The identities of the detainees were not immediately available. A scheduled police news briefing about the case was canceled Tuesday.

Local media reported that police questioned people who handled Miyata's burial in a Dhaka graveyard and found she was buried under a Muslim name.