A 9-year-old boy has been found dead in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo. Police suspect that he was killed.
Police had been searching for Ryosuke Shindo, after his mother called on Tuesday evening that her son went out to attend an English conversation lesson but did not come back.
The boy's body was found in the predawn hours of Wednesday in the premises of an apartment building where his family lives.
Police say the body was found inside a space for piping, near the outside staircase of the building. He was reportedly wearing a T-shirt and shorts but no shoes. Police found marks around his neck indicative of being strangled.
It has been confirmed that the boy returned home after school on Tuesday, but did not attend his English lesson.