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A police official, who spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday said that a toolbox and saw found in Shiraishi's apartment may have been used to dismember the bodies.

Police arrested 27-year-old Takahiro Shiraishi the same day on suspicion of body disposal. The Japanese murder rate, by contrast, is one of the lowest in the world, making the news media all the more obsessed with the ghastly details of the current case.

The AP reports that the missing woman met Shiraishi over a website for people with suicidal feelings.

In Japan's bloodiest crime for decades, Satoshi Uematsu faces charges of killing 19 people and attempting to kill or injure 24 others at a disability centre near Tokyo in July 2016.

Police have said Shiraishi confessed he tried to hide evidence.

Photographers surround a police van transporting murder suspect Takahiro Shiraishi.

Police made the grisly find after investigating the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman earlier this month. Detectives are working to identify the victims amid fears she may be one of them. The brother later learned of the suicide site after logging in using her name and password, and found she had been in touch with the suspect.

CCTV captured Shiraishi and the 23-year-old woman walking together last Monday.

The missing woman is thought to be one of them. The brother said she had been thinking of killing herself since the death of their mother in June, and that she had disappeared on October 23 from the group home in Hachioji, a suburb of Tokyo, where she was living. She agreed to contact Shiraishi and to invite him to meet her at a train station while the police observed.

Police are now investigating to determine whether Shiraishi, who was arrested on suspicion of body disposal, killed the woman and the other eight victims. "During the course of the investigation, the heads of nine bodies have been discovered", the police told a local TV channel.

"In August, there was a smell, similar to that from sewage, coming from his residence", says a male company employee who lives in the same apartment building as Shiraishi.

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