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Police in talks with Setagaya family murder victims’ relatives about demolishing crime scene

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is currently holding talks with relatives of a family of four who were murdered in their house in Setagaya Ward 19 years ago, about demolishing the house.
The two-story house has been unoccupied ever since the murders and police wish to get the relatives’ permission to demolish it as it has become dilapidated over time.
Although police have documented evidence of the inside of the house as well as a 3D video reproduction of the residence, the victims’ relatives say they would like to keep the home intact until a suspect is arrested, Fuji TV reported.
Mikio Miyazawa, 44, his 41-year-old wife Yasuko, 8-year-old daughter Niina, and 6-year-old son Rei, were found dead on the morning of Dec 31, 2000. Miyazawa's son had been strangled, and the other three had been stabbed to death. Fingerprints and other evidence in the home indicate the killer used the computer and ate ice cream after the attack on Dec 30, spending several hours in the house before leaving the next morning before dawn.
To preserve any evidence at the crime scene in the hope that some lead might turn up, police did not demolish the house. However, with the unsolved crime heading into its 19th year at the end of next month, police see no reason for preserving the home for years to come.
The house, currently surrounded by a blue tarpaulin, shows visible signs of aging, such as cracks in the outer walls, and rain has reportedly been leaking through the roof. Ward officials are also concerned that passers-by and curious crime buffs who get too close could be injured by fragments from walls or the home completely collapsing.  Citing these public safety concerns, police asked the relatives to reconsider demolishing the home.
Police in talks with Setagaya family murder victims’ relatives about demolishing crime scene
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