Body Left in Train Station Storage Locker
Tokyo station workers make grim find
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 1, 2015 3:27 AM CDT
Members of the Metropolitan Police Department stand guard as media members gather to film the baggage locker where a suitcase containing the body of an elderly woman was found at Tokyo Station.    (Kyodo News via AP)
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(Newser) – A worker at Japan's Tokyo Station got an unpleasant shock after opening an abandoned suitcase that no one had claimed for a month—the decomposing body of an elderly woman inside. Police in Tokyo say the corpse was found in a suitcase in a temporary storage area at the city's main train station. The bright yellow suitcase was left in an unlocked coin locker on April 26, and it's normal practice to keep abandoned luggage for a month. "There was an abnormal odor when we opened the suitcase. Then we saw hair," a station employee says, per the BBC. Japanese media reports say the body was of an elderly woman about 4 feet 7 inches tall and somewhere between 70 and 90 years old.