Police found a 12-year old girl, Mirai Atarashi Friday morning, who has been reported missing since January 5. She was discovered in a car park of a restaurant in Higashi-Sumiyoshi Ward in Osaka, after a woman recognized her from pictures released by local police.
It was reported that Atarashi went missing on January 5 and was last seen at the Yada train station. She was said to have met five of her friends through the instant messaging app LINE on the day she disappeared. Her mother recalled getting a text message from her daughter at around 2:30 p.m., saying that she was on her way home after visiting a leisure park in Sakai with her five friends. Atarashi and a friend parted ways at the Yada station around 6:15 pm and she was not seen after that. Her parents reported the incident to the police two days after.
The woman who found Atarashi saw the pictures released by the police a day after her parents reported her missing and compared it to the girl she had seen in the car park of a restaurant. She called the police around 11:20 a.m. on Friday and they came in to find Atarashi safe but exhausted. When asked for the reason she ran away, the girl said that her parents scolded her and so decided to leave. Police have now taken her into protective custody and no further details on the last 12 days that she was missing were given out.
[via Japan Today]
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