Chiba murder suspect talked to victim while on school patrol, sources say
Japan Times -- Apr 16
The man arrested over the death of a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl in Chiba Prefecture had been seen talking to the victim while he was on patrol duty near her school, investigative sources said Saturday.

Yasumasa Shibuya, 46, the head of a parents’ association at the elementary school attended by third-grader Le Thi Nhat Linh, stood at the same spot in Matsudo on most mornings and was seen exchanging friendly greetings and high-fives with female students, the sources said.

Police suspect Shibuya could have attempted to approach Linh while he was on patrol duty.

While the parents’ association has arranged for several members to patrol for students, Shibuya voluntarily patrolled at a T-intersection near the school, according to the Matsudo city school board.

“Since he patrolled nearly every morning, chances are high that he had met Linh every time,” one of the school board officials said.

His vehicle was also seen driving near the area along the Tone River where some of the girl’s belongings were found, the sources added.

News source: Japan Times
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