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Couple in their 70s found dead at home in suspected murder-suicide

A 72-year-old man and his 72-year-old wife have been found dead in their home in Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, in what police believe was a murder-suicide.
According to police, the bodies of Kaoru Inoue and his wife were found by their 46-year-old son and his wife at around 7:40 a.m. on Sunday at their home in Higashi Ward, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said the woman was slumped in a chair in the living room, with stab wounds to her neck, while her husband was found in the bathroom, also with stab wounds to the neck. A blood-stained knife was on the floor near him.
Police said Inoue and his wife were both declared dead at the scene and believe Kaoru killed his wife and then himself.
Police said there were no signs of forced entry into the house, nor had the house been ransacked. The couple lived alone but had both been hospitalized recently - Inoue until Aug 21 and his wife until Sept 11.
Their son and his wife had come over to give them breakfast as the couple were having trouble looking after themselves.


© Japan Today
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