11-year old Michi Shinozaki has been found. She was reported missing since Saturday in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture. Police found the girl when she called their headquarters using the phone from an empty koban (“police box”) in Chigasaki. Chigasaki is located 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) away from her home, where she was reported missing.
Shinozaki had been playing with a friend at home until 4:00 in the afternoon last Saturday. She decided to walk her dog after but when her dog returned home alone 40 minutes later, her father went out to look for Shinozaki. Not finding her, he reported the incident to the police at around 6:40 PM. Around 250 officers were tasked in the search operation for Shinozaki. They initially looked in wooded areas near the girl’s home but were unable to locate her.
While the police who found her didn’t offer much details, they did say that she was unharmed. No confirmation on whether she was kidnapped, ran away or was lost was given. An investigator quoted Shinozaki saying that she can’t remember much of what happened. She was sent to the hospital for a complete check-up and an official statement will be released after she has been reunited with her parents and more details have surfaced.
[via Japan Today]