Two American men have been arrested by police investigating the death of Irish student Nicola Furlong in Tokyo. State Department officials yesterday evening confirmed the arrest of two of their nationals in Japan. Nicola, 21, may have been strangled. It had previously emerged that Nicola died after spending a night in a hotel dating vietnamese american girl a concert by U.
She was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead. However, the authoritative Kyodo News was last night quoted by the Agence France-Presse news service as saying that two American men were arrested by police probing her death and were being questioned. The men, aged 19 and 23, were detained on suspicion of plying Ms Furlong’s friend, who is also Irish, with alcohol, Kyodo reported. It is believed one of the men is a high-profile backing dancer. The men are also being questioned in relation to the suspicious circumstances surrounding the Irish student’s death, as one of the men was with the student when she was found dead, national broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News said. Wexford, and her friend went back to the men’s upmarket hotel after the concert on Wednesday evening. The agency reported that, in the early hours of Thursday, a hotel guest complained about a loud noise from one of the rooms.
A hotel employee went to the room and found Ms Furlong lying on the floor near the bed and the US teen standing nearby, Kyodo added. A source told Kyodo that there were no signs that anyone else had entered the room. It was not clear last night how much information had been relayed to Nicola’s devastated family. Her father Andrew, mother Angie and sister Andrea were told of her death on Thursday morning. They are still struggling to come to terms with their horrific loss, according to friends.
The family are very upset and the fact it happened so far away and so unexpectedly is adding further to their grief. However an official from the US State Department confirmed that two American men had been arrested. We are aware of the arrests of two US citizens in Japan and are providing consular assistance. Due to privacy considerations, we cannot provide any additional information.
In general, when an US citizen is detained or arrested abroad, consular officers will work to ensure that the individual is being treated properly and has access to a list of attorneys. We also stand ready to facilitate communication with friends and family. There has been no official comment from Japanese authorities, but details leading up to Ms Furlong’s death have begun to emerge. Japan, around 100km north of Tokyo, Kyodo reported, citing sources in the Japanese police.