French Investigators In Chile To Investigate A Suspect Over Missing Student

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A French team has arrived in Chile to question a man who is suspected of having a hand in the killing of a Japanese woman in France. The woman was a former girlfriend of the Chilean man, Nicolas Zapeda, and she was last seen in France in 2016 at her residence in the university they were studying in.

Zapeda is the only suspect in the disappearance of the 21-year-old, Narumi Kurosaki, who went missing on December 4th, 2016 in Besancon. She went missing after having dinner with Zapeda.

Besides extensive searches in a nearby forest in the city, her body has not yet been found.

France authorities report that Narumi was suffocated by Zapeda due to jealousy. He has, however, denied any involvement in the disappearance of the young woman.

Zapeda escaped from France before a warrant of arrest was issued to the police. Chile, through a judge, rejected arrest and extradition requests by France citing lack of enough evidence. The French investigators later requested to be allowed to visit Chile for an interview with Zapeda. Chile granted the request this month.

Zapeda has admitted having dinner with Narumi the night she disappeared and that he had visited her room later. Students in the dormitory said that they heard cries and banging noises inside the room. There were no traces of blood in the woman’s room though.

The prosecutor, Manteaux Etienne, reported that Zapeda bought a five-liter jerrican of flammable liquid and matches some few days before Narumi disappeared. The car he was using, a hire, was returned with mud.

Manteaux is also focusing on videos Zapeda had posted online, where he was threatening Narumi for leaving him and moving on to another relationship.

French police are still searching for the body of Narumi focusing most of their efforts on Chaux forest.

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