Napa restaurateur Eiko Nakamura was found dead this weekend and her ex-husband arrested on suspicion of killing her in the home they shared, Napa police said.
Eiko Nakamura ran the popular Eiko's, which serves modern Japanese food in downtown Napa.
Napa dispatchers got a call from a concerned friend of Nakamura's shortly after 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The friend said he had not been able to reach her since Friday, police said.
Officers went to the home on Pinewood Drive to check on her and met Nakamura's ex-husband, Shozaburo Nakamura, 71. The couple apparently still lived together even though they were divorced. When officers explained why they were there, Nakamura let them into the home, then immediately confessed to killing his ex-wife during a domestic dispute on Saturday morning, police said.
Officers found her in a bathroom with several stab wounds and signs of blunt force trauma, police said.
While police have not named Eiko Nakamura as the woman killed pending notification of family, the general manager at her restaurant confirmed her death Monday.
The restaurant was closed for service Sunday night following the news of her death but back open Monday, said General Manager Allison Hallum. She's the daughter of Rick Zaslove, who became partners with Nakamura after the closure of another restaurant she owned in 2011.
"It's more than just a restaurant, it's a family here," Hallum said. "The restaurant will stay open to honor her memory."
Hallum described Nakamura as a well-known community member. "She was a kind, loving person, she had a heart of gold."
Police on Sunday arrested Shoazaburo Nakamura on suspicion of murder and booked him into the Napa County jail.
Police ask anyone with information to call Detective Andrew Hess at 257-9507.
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