Police in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, are searching for a 11-year-old girl who disappeared while walking on her way home from school on Monday afternoon.
According to police, at around 4 p.m. on Monday, Sakura Moriyama called her mother to come and pick her up. However, her mother was at the hospital with Sakura's younger sister and unable to pick her up, so she started to walk the 2.5-km distance from the school to her home, Fuji TV reported.
Police said a witness reported seeing her talking with a man in his 30s or 40s about 150 meters from her home at around 5 p.m. That was the last time anyone heard from her and her whereabouts have been unknown ever since.
Moriyama's mother called her at around 5:30 p.m. There was no answer but the GPS system showed the phone was about 2 kms from her home. She then called police at around 6:30 p.m. to report that her daughter had not returned home.
Police said the GPS from Moriyama's phone was turned off later Monday night.
Moriyama is approximately 150 centimeters in height and has shoulder length hair. At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing a white polo shirt, a navy blue skirt, and carrying a pink backpack.
Anyone with any information is asked to call 086-426-0110.© Japan Today