Tokyo: Police found the charred bodies of six
people, three of them children, in a burnt-out car in a city
south of Tokyo after a suspected family suicide, Japanese
press said on Saturday.
The bodies of a man, a woman, an adult of unknown sex and
three children were found in the car on a street in Yokosuka
late Thursday, reports said.
The owner of the car, a 45-year-old man, told police
yesterday that his 41-year-old common-law wife, their three
children and his partner`s parents were unaccounted for, the
Police suspect that the car was set alight by the wife in
a family suicide, the reports said.
"My wife has been troubled by a heavy debt she owes to a
supermarket where she works," the man told police, the Yomiuri
Shimbun newspaper reported.
A press officer at the Yokosuka police station was not
immediately available to comment.
An eyewitness said he was woken up by the sound of a car
door slamming at around 11:00 pm on Thursday. He then heard an
explosion and saw flames shooting up about three metres from
the car, the daily said.