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Jakarta Post

Japanese couple found dead

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar, Bali   /   Mon, September 4, 2017   /   09:48 pm
Japanese couple found dead Sealed: Police conduct investigations at a house in Jimbaran, Bali, where a Japanese couple was found dead on Sept.4. (JP/Ni Komang Erviani)

An elderly Japanese couple were found dead at their rental house in Jimbaran, Bali, on Monday. Their bodies were found burned on the second floor of the two story house in the Puri Gading housing complex. The circumstances behind their deaths remains unknown.  

Matsuba Nurio, 76, and his wife Matsuba Hiroko, 76, were discovered dead at around 11 a.m. local time on Monday by their foster son. The latter became suspicious that something bad had happened when he saw smoke emanating from the window of the balcony of his parents’ second floor. He did not live together with the couple. 

The police deployed an investigation team to search the house. The team included personnel from the Denpasar Police’s general crime unit and the Indonesia Automatic Fingerprint Identification (Inafis) and a K9 dog squad. 

Denpasar Police chief Sr. Comr. Hadi Purnomo said the investigation was still ongoing. “We need to conduct further investigations. We will continue tomorrow," Hadi said on Monday evening, after the investigation team searched the house.

When asked whether the couple had been murdered and their bodies burned by the perpetrators, Hadi refused to comment. "We have not yet ascertained whether they were murdered or not. We need to conduct further investigations before we reach a conclusion," he stressed.

The police have questioned four witnesses, including the couple's foster son, a driver and their friend. 

The couple's housemaid, Nari, said she was shocked when she learned of the incident. “I was informed by my neighbor. I'm shocked.” (ebf)

Under investigation: A worker moves the bodies of an elderly Japanese  couple found dead on Sept.4.Under investigation: A worker moves the bodies of an elderly Japanese couple found dead on Sept.4. (JP/Ni Komang Erviani)