Second Murder of Japanese Woman in Bali

Jakarta - Police on the Indonesian resort island of Bali said Sunday they have questioned eight people a day after they found a 41-year-old Japanese woman murdered in her rental home in the Kuta area. According to Kuta Police Chief Dodi Prawiranegara, Hiromi Shimada, 41, was first found dead by her neighbors around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

She was found naked with stab wounds in the abdomen and her legs were tied with a sarong, he said.

Prawiranegara said Shimada was resident in Bali, but she was about to be deported to Japan in January for overstaying her visa.

Police said robbery did not appear to be a motive for the killing.

The eight people who have been questioned by the police included some friends and neighbors who had known her in Bali for a long time.

According to neighbors, Shimada had been frequently seen enjoying the nightlife in Bali.

They also said she apparently had financial support from her family in Japan, but it is unclear what she was doing in Bali. Her hometown in Japan is so far unknown.

An autopsy is to be conducted Monday, police said.

Last September a Japanese woman tourist was also murdered on the island.

Via Japan Today