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Japanese Woman Killed in Brazil Died From Blow to the Head

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Japanese woman whose body was found next to a waterfall in Brazil’s Goiás state died as a result of a blow to the head, probably from a blunt rock, according to the detective leading the investigation.

The 18-year-old Brazilian man who confessed to killing Hitomi Akamatsu claimed in his first interrogation that he had used her blouse to strangle her, detective Isabella Joy told The Associated Press by phone. A forensic report from Goiás state’s crime lab that came back on Friday indicated cranial trauma was the actual cause . . .

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