Patient, 79, strangled at hospital in Shimane
The Yomiuri Shimbun
A 79-year-old patient was found dead, apparently after being strangled, at a hospital in Gotsu, Shimane Prefecture, late Saturday, police said.
According to the police, two nurses at Saiseikai Gotsu General Hospital found Michiaki Kono dead in his bed on the hospital's third floor at about 11:25 p.m. Saturday. Marks around Kono's neck indicated he had been strangled, but police said they would perform an autopsy Sunday to determine the cause of death.
Kono's clothes were not disheveled and the room had not been ransacked, police said. Nurses at the hospital check on patients every few hours, but they found nothing unusual when they checked Kono at 9:30 p.m.
(Mar. 20, 2006)