According to the confession, Ishikawa walked passed a local shrine and before meeting the victim a little further up the road. May 1 is the shrine’s annual festival, so there would have been stalls lining the road and hundreds of Sayama’s 34,000-person population coming to worship at the shrine. Despite the large number of people, including some of Ishikawa’s relatives and acquaintances, no one has testified to having seen Ishikawa along this road that day.