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(Update 2) 2 Women Nabbed for Allegedly Killing High School Girl in Hokkaido

(Update 2) 2 Women Nabbed for Allegedly Killing High School Girl in Hokkaido

   Sapporo, June 12 (Jiji Press)--Japanese police on Wednesday arrested two women on suspicion of murdering a 17-year-old high school girl in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.
   Those arrested by the Hokkaido police department were Riko Uchida, 21, and a 19-year-old, both from the Hokkaido city of Asahikawa. They allegedly conspired to kill Runa Murayama, a resident of the city of Rumoi, also Hokkaido, by pushing her to fall into a river from the Kamuiohashi suspension bridge in Asahikawa on April 19.
   The department did not disclose whether the two have admitted the allegations against them. Apparently behind the murder case was a problem related to social media.
   Investigators searched for the high school student after her relatives reported to police in late April that she had gone missing, according to the department. The girl's body was found in the downstream section of the Ishikari River in late May. She died of drowning.
   According to the Hokkaido police, Uchida and a 16-year-old unemployed boy blackmailed Murayama and took money from her April 18 after she posted a photograph showing Uchida on social media without permission.

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