A 15-year-old boy remained missing Monday after three boys reportedly forced him to jump into a river in Kariya, Aichi Prefecture, on Saturday night. The boy is believed to have drowned, although his body has not been found yet, police said, adding that the three teens have been arrested.
According to police, the three suspects, aged 16, 15 and 14, took the 15-year-old boy to the Aizuma River where they met up with about six other teenagers. Fuji TV reported that the three suspects started beating and kicking the 15-year-old. They forced him to take off his clothes and said they would leave him alone if he could swim across to the other side of the river. The boy was then forced to jump into the 30-meter-wide river but disappeared beneath the surface.
Police said they received a call just after 11 p.m. from a girl informing them what had happened.
During questioning by police, the three boys said they had got mad at their classmate because he had been dating one of their mutual female friends, but had recently been seen with another girl.
The boys said they told the 15-year-old, "If you jump into the river, swim to the other side and back again, then maybe we'll forgive you."
Police quoted the boys as saying they didn't think their friend would be in any danger.© Japan Today