Miyoko Sumida Dies before her Murder Trial

A Japanese woman who reportedly coerced people into starving family members to death has been found dead in her cell.

Miyoko Sumida, 64, was the chief suspect in a probe that has transfixed low-crime Japan since three decaying corpses were discovered in an empty house where she once lived.

Sumida’s lifeless body was found in bed in the cell she shared with two others on Wednesday morning. A long-sleeve shirt was wrapped tightly around her neck, a police spokesman and media said.

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Concrete-filled Drum in Okayama Contains Corpse

Police found a mans corpse Wednesday in a concrete-filled metal drum they pulled from the harbor the previous day in Bizen, Okayama Prefecture, based on tips in a widening murder probe. Hyogo Prefectural Police are trying to confirm the identity of the man, suspecting he is Jiro Hashimoto, who was 54 when he disappeared in summer 2011. Hashimoto is a distant relative of Miyoko Sumida, 64, a suspect under arrest in connection with several deaths and disappearances in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture.Sumida and others, including her sister-in-law, Mieko Sumida, have been charged with allegedly “causing bodily injury resulting in death” in connection with Kazuko Oe, 66, an acquaintance of Miyoko Sumida whose corpse was found last November in a concrete-filled drum in the Hyogo city of Amagasaki.

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