Police appeal for help over murder of elderly couple a year ago

Police in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, are appealing to the public to come forward with any information that might lead to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for killing an elderly couple late last year.
The bodies of Koichi Kobayashi, 77, and his wife Yoko, 67, were found on the second floor of their residence on the afternoon of Jan 1 this year by a relative who had come to wish them a happy new year. 
Police said they been beaten about the head. There were no signs anyone had broken into the house, nor had the house been ransacked.
The couple were last seen alive at a supermarket on Dec 30, 2017. When an acquaintance visited them at around 7 p.m. on Dec 31, there was no response when he rang the door bell.
Police said the front door was locked and believe the killer escaped by going out a second floor window.
Anyone with any information is asked to call 0120-144-559.

© Japan Today
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