A dismembered corpse was reportedly found inside a suitcase abandoned at a dilapidated golf course in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

The suitcase was discovered at around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, by a 54-year-old farmer who had gone to take a walk at the now-defunct golf course, which hasn't been operational since 2015.

Officers from Tochigi Prefectural Police's Imaichi Police Station rushed to the scene after they received a report about the gruesome discovery at around 10:45 p.m. from a 45-year-old male civil servant who lives near the site, Mainichi reported.

"A suitcase and other items have been dumped here," the civil servant alerted the authorities.

After the officers arrived at the scene, they found a silver plastic suitcase measuring around 70 by 60 by 30 centimeters. It reportedly emanated a foul smell. When the authorities subsequently opened the bag, they were confronted with a mangled human body stuffed into the suitcase. The corpse’s torso and neck, as well as both its arms and lower body, had all been dismembered. The remains' bare torso was found wrapped in a plastic bag and cardboard, Japan Today reported. 

Meanwhile, another bag that had been abandoned near the site also contained a severed portion of the corpse. The police stated that they intend to set up an investigation headquarters at Imaichi Police Station to probe the incident. 

As of press time, the authorities have yet to ascertain the identity of the corpse and the potential murder victim's cause of death.

In a similar but unrelated incident,  a lesbian couple from the United States, identified as Julissa Ramirez and Nohemi Median Martinez, both 28, of El Paso, have been confirmed dead after their dismembered remains were found inside two black garbage bags dumped by the side of the road between the city of Ciudad Juarez and the town of El Porvenir, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, on Monday, Jan. 17, Latin Times reported. 

Their mangled remains were discovered about 17 miles apart from each other on a stretch of Juárez-El Porvenir Road. One body was found in the San Agustín neighborhood and the other was found at the entrance of the Jesus Carranza village.

They had three young children: two girls and a boy. Details regarding whether they were adopted or if they were either woman's biological children have not been made available to the public.

The gruesome killing reportedly transpired while the couple was visiting their family members in Ciudad Juárez. Even though the two lived in Texas, they were Mexican citizens. 
 
The Chihuahua State Attorney General's Office has opened an investigation into the couple's murder. However, no arrests have been registered as of now.

suitcase-g0f1c5f6b9_1920 A dismembered corpse was found inside a suitcase abandoned at a former golf course in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan on Wednesday, Jan. 19. This is a representational image. Pixabay