Oita prefectural police on Wednesday stepped up their search for a two-year-old girl who they believe was abducted from a car in a supermarket parking lot in Hijimachi, Oita Prefecture, on Tuesday afternoon. More than 130 police were mobilized to search the area on Wednesday, but so far, authorities have no clues as to what happened to the girl.
Fuji TV reported that the 34-year-old mother left her daughter in the child seat in back of her car while she went into the Marushoku Kawasaki supermarket shortly before 2 p.m. on Tuesday. The woman was quoted by police as saying she left the engine running and the air conditioner on. She was gone for about 5 minutes. When she returned to the car, her daughter was missing. She told police the car doors were not locked.
According to Fuji TV, the woman said her daughter was unable to walk unassisted due to a disability and would not have been able to open the car door alone. Police believe the girl was abducted.
The girl was wearing a pink T-shirt with a heart design and a red and black checked skirt.© Japan Today