An American tourist in Japan allegedly butchered a woman he went on a date with and then carried her severed head in a piece of luggage before being arrested, the New York Post reports.
Police believe Yevgeniy Vasilievich Bayraktar, 26, killed and dismembered Saki Kondo, 27.
The woman’s family had reported her missing February 16, just one day after she went on a date with Bayraktar, who had been traveling around Japan since January.
The two ended up at a home Bayraktar was renting in Osaka, where authorities believe Kondo died sometime between February 16 and February 18.
Bayraktar was reportedly leaving the home when police arrested him on February 22. At the time of his arrest, Bayraktar was reportedly carrying Kondo’s severed head in a suitcase.
He is believed to have buried the woman’s remaining body parts around Osaka and Kyoto, and has reportedly shown investigators where those remains are located.
Few details have been released about Bayraktar, but the New York Post reports he had a brief stint in the U.S. Air Force. Bayraktar was stationed in Kansas before being “separated” in June 2012 – less than a year into what was supposed to be a four-year enlistment period, an Air Force spokesman told the newspaper.
According to the Post, Bayraktar lived in a Mastic Beach home with his mother and her third husband.
When he was 9, Bayraktar moved from Odessa, Russia, to Texas, where his mother married Benny Dacy, her second husband.
“He and his mother were very close, but he and I were not,” Dacy told the newspaper.
Dany, an engineer, went to Russia to meet Bayraktar’s mother, Regina, who also had an engineering background. At the time, she and Bayraktar were living in a tiny one-bedroom apartment.
Dacy then flew them to the United States, where he married Regina and settled in a home in Abilene, Texas.
While he tried to establish a relationship with Bayraktar, Dacy said the boy was not interested in that and instead remained close to his mom.
“He was a mama’s boy,” Dacy said. “If we were having dinner and he didn’t like the food, his mother would get up in the middle of the meal to cook him something special, and this was at a time when we didn’t have a lot of money.”
Bayraktar, who was called “Jake” while in Texas, kept in touch with his biological father, who would send him money sometimes from Russia, according to Dacy.
Dacy paid for Regina to complete nursing school, but after she got her degree, she and Bayraktar allegedly vanished.
“She called once to ask me for a divorce but I had no idea where they were until the news hit,” Dacy said. “It was the most traumatic time of my life when she just left me. She is a very selfish woman.”
Regina is now a nurse at a rehabilitation facility on Long Island, according to the New York Post.