Cult tied to Japanese couple's suicide in Austria

VIENNA -- A Japanese couple who killed themselves by jumping into the Danube had left a suicide note saying they had been hunted down by a Japan-based cult, Austrian police said.

The drowned bodies of a 33-year-old man and his 19-year-old girlfriend, both natives of Tokyo, were separately found in Vienna and in the outskirts of the Austrian capital in early August.

Police have found a suicide note signed by both victims, whose names are being withheld.

In the note, they wrote that they were trying to escape from a Japanese religious cult. The name of the cult is not immediately available.

Austrian authorities said that the couple entered the country in March. The man said he was a conductor while the woman enrolled at an art college. However, the couple was living on the streets and sleeping under bridges, police said.