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One Month Since Lindsay Hawker's Death, No Leads - Search Focuses On Places Such As Manga Cafés

It has now been one month since the discovery of British teacher Lindsay Ann Hawker's body at a condominium in Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture.

Gyotoku Prefectural Police Headquarters have approximately 150 officers conducting investigations at manga kissa and the like in the search for suspect Tatsuya Ichihashi.1

Ichihashi escaped from the condominium where he lived on the evening 2 of March 26th after police arrived to investigate the whereabouts of Hawker. Ichihashi apparently had only 40-50,000 yen in his possession, but there has been no evidence of further withdrawals from his bank account.

This has led police to focus searches at establishments where one can stay for an extended period of time for a relatively small amount of money such as manga kissa, internet cafés and capsule hotels.

Additionally, police are making efforts to search empty and abandoned houses and have checked boats moored along the Edogawa River. Morning rush hour subways have also been stopped for several minutes while police conducted searches.

1 Although Ichihashi is the prime suspect in Lindsay Hawker's murder, the official crime he is listed as being suspected of is "illegal disposal of a dead body," which is often the first charge in a murder case.
2 Could be read as evening or night -- I'm not aware of the exact time police arrived at the condominium.

Article Source: Yahoo! News Japan, April 26th 2007, 6:30am (Tokyo). Originally appeared on Jiji Tsûshin, April 26th, 6:13am.

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