A 17-year-old Japanese high school girl had gone missing in July, only to be found in a not-so-often-visited shrine a mere 400 meters from where she lived. The 3rd year high school student of a prefectural high school in Mobara, Chiba Prefecture had been surviving on whatever food she could find near the shrine, and when she was finally discovered on September 26th, the girl had lost almost half of her initial body weight.
The said student had been missing since July 11, was found by the prefectural police hiding out in a shrine within the city that was ironically very near her home. The girl was apparently unharmed, but she had lost a considerable amount of weight since going missing. The student appeared to be slightly dehydrated and weak from the lack of sustenance. With the typhoons and heat waves that have hammered Japan in the past weeks, the police are particularly interested in how the girl managed to survive. Investigators had asked the girl if she got vegetables from a field near the shrine, and the student apparently answered in the affirmative. The girl weighed around 23 kilograms (50.7 pounds) when she was found, and people said she weighed 45 kg (99.2 lbs) before she went missing.
The girl was found at the Hie shrine around ten past midnight on September 26, when a 70-year-old from the neighborhood visited the shrine to check on the lawns within the shrine complex. The man wondered where the mochi (rice cakes) that had been left as an offering there had gone, and then he saw the girl curled up inside a small boarded room within the shrine. The student was still in her school uniform, but her shirt and bag were already dirty almost beyond recognition. Prefectural police are waiting for the girl to recover before interviewing her for details about the two and half months in hiding.
[via Japan Crush]
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