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Japanese police investigating woman's dead body sent across the country in 'doll' box

Japanese detectives are now conducting a murder investigation after Rika Okada's body was found in a storage locker.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   May 27, 2014 at 8:47 AM

TOKYO, May 27 (UPI) -- Japanese detectives have opened a murder investigation after the body of a young woman was found in a storage locker after being mailed 230 miles from Osaka to Tokyo in a 6.5-foot box labeled "doll."

Rika Okada had been missing since late March.

According to the company that delivered the package, the order was paid in Okada's name. The 29-year-old's credit card was also used to rent the storage locker where her body was found.

Okada's body was found with more than a dozen stab wounds, but authorities say there were no defensive wounds to indicate a struggle.

Prior to disappearing, Okada posted on Facebook that she was going to visit an old friend.

Police have refused to confirm a report that a woman used Okada's passport earlier this month to leave the country and fly to Shanghai.

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