French police are trying to locate a foreign student who they believe met a Japanese woman shortly before she went missing 3 weeks ago in the eastern city of Besancon.
The woman, 21-year-old Narumi Kurosaki, is originally from Tokyo, and is a student at the University of Tsukuba, north of the capital.
Police say Kurosaki has not been heard from since she had a meal at a restaurant with the student, who is in his 20s, on the evening of December 4th. They believe the man may have information about her disappearance.
The police chief told NHK on Friday that airline records and information from overseas authorities show the man has left France and travelled to many other countries on his own.
Police in France are hunting for a Chilean man suspected of killing a Japanese student in the eastern town of Besancon, sources close to the case said Thursday.
The man is the ex-boyfriend of Narumi Kurosaki who was studying French at the university in Besancon before she went missing on the night of December 4th-5th.
Although her body has not been found, police have concluded she was killed after studying CCTV footage, checking her phone records and speaking to witnesses who reported screams at her university residence.
The Chilean suspect, who was in contact with Kurosaki before she arrived in France in August, is believed to have travelled to his home country, the source added, asking not to be named.
A Chilean man suspected by French police of killing a missing Japanese exchange student was spotted in the neighborhood of his home in Santiago, Chile, Fuji News Network reported on Saturday (Dec. 31), amid efforts by local authorities to comb through security camera footage to track him down.
A person involved in running the residence of the suspect wanted in the disappearance of Narumi Kurosaki, 21, says that he was present as recently as Friday before he departed in the morning by car. He has not returned.
“He’s been living here for five or 10 years,” the person said. “He lives alone but sometimes a female relative will show up.”
French media have released the name of a Chilean national wanted in the disappearance and likely killing of a Japanese exchange student who went missing in France in early December, reports TV Asahi (Jan. 6).
Nicolas Zepeda Contreras, 26, is wanted in the disappearance and suspected murder of 21-year-old Narumi Kurosaki, a Tokyo native currently enrolled at the University of Franche-Comte in the city of Besancon, located in eastern France.
Kurosaki disappeared after she ate at a restaurant with the suspect on the outskirts of Besancon on December 4. She returned to her university dormitory with him that evening.
Several students in Kurosaki’s dormitory told officers they heard a scream late at night on December 4, though no traces of blood or evidence of a struggle have been found inside her room.
The whereabouts of Kurosaki remain unknown. Yet the suspect is wanted by police in Besancon and INTERPOL on suspicion of abducting and killing her.
Chilean prosecutors said they provided French authorities with information on the Chilean suspect wanted in the suspected murder of a missing Japanese exchange student, TV Asahi reported on Saturday (Jan. 7).
French investigators have found that Nicolas Zepeda Contreras, a 26-year-old Chilean male, was exhibiting aggressive and stalker-like behavior towards Narumi Kurosaki, 21, a Tokyo native currently enrolled at the University of Franche-Comte in the city of Besancon, located in eastern France, prior to her disappearance last month.
A senior Chilean prosecutor told a press conference that “Chilean prosecutors investigated in accordance with a request from French authorities, and provided them with the results.”
When asked if Contreras is in Chile, the official replied that “information regarding that cannot be disclosed,” and declined to confirm whether they have questioned the suspect.