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Father appeals to public for help in solving daughter’s murder in 1996

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The father of a 21-year-old woman who was murdered in 1996, appealed to the public on Monday for information that might help police catch his daughter’s killer.

Junko Kobayashi, a Sophia University student, was bound and stabbed to death inside her house which was then torched, in Katsushika Ward on Sept 9, 1996. Police have questioned more than 75,000 people and followed up on over 1,100 leads but have yet to come close to identifying a suspect or suspects.

Kobayashi’s father Kenji, 73, released a statement Monday in which he said "Junko’s life, dreams and hopes were all stolen from her. I will never forgive the person who did this. I can't stand the thought that the killer may still be alive and going about his daily business," Fuji TV reported.

Kenji, who became ill last year, said he desperately wants to see the case solved while he is still alive.

Last year, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police department posted on its website a video with a 3D recreation of the crime scene showing the presence of a suspicious man.

The 90-second video was created based on eyewitness accounts and photographic evidence of the crime. The murder is believed to have taken place at around 3.55 p.m. Around this time, a man in an ocher-colored raincoat is seen standing outside Kobayashi’s home in the rain without an umbrella, staring up at the second floor.

In addition, type A blood was found in DNA at the crime scene, which police believe came from a hand or arm injury sustained by the murderer.

Police have offered a 3 million yen reward for information leading to an arrest. The family of the victim has also offered a further 5 million yen.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Kameari police station at 03-3607-9051.

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If thats truly all they have, then there’s little hope unfortunately.

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Is't there a way to corroborate the DNA with all regular clinic and hospital databases?

It's highly likely that in 23 years he would have had a blood test taken somewhere.

I hope that one fine morning when he is contentedly asleep they smash the door down on him! There is a neck-hungry noose waiting for this bastard.

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Who knows? Maybe the police have some idea who the killer is and they're just sitting on it, like they did a year or two ago about the murdered girl from Shimane Prefecture. Remember that? The police were asking for help from the public, yet (as it turned out) they already knew who the killer was. Why did they do that? Ask the public for help in solving a case which they had already solved. Very strange.

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My love and admiration for this father. As a father I can only imagine my anguish losing a child.

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The father, like many others probably believes his murdered daughter can't live in peace, until the killer is caught and punished, again probably by the death sentence.

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And here we have the reason for statutes of limitations. Its near madness to think the killer is going to be caught by the authorities after all this time and all this failure. TV shows like Cold Case are 98 percent fiction and dramatization. Given a statute of limitations killers are free to confess and give closure to family. Wives are more likely to rat out their husbands and other family too. Someone close to the case who was silent for fear of being implicated might come forth with information. It further gives new attention to the case just before the time period elapses.

I don't know if Japan still has a SOL but I remember there was a lot of debate about it several years ago.

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Kobayashi’s father Kenji, 73, released a statement Monday in which he said "Junko’s life, dreams and hopes were all stolen from her. I will never forgive the person who did this. I can't stand the thought that the killer may still be alive and going about his daily business," Fuji TV reported.

I can only feel for this man who seems to have lived a lifetime of internal torment. They say when one loses a child a part of them also dies. Truly sorry for what he's going through.

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It is sad, but this murderer got away.

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Police questioned 75,000 people? What's that mean; they handed out packs of pocket tissues by the station with her face on it with a phone number to call? Sounds like amateur night.

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Police questioned 75,000 people? What's that mean; they handed out packs of pocket tissues by the station with her face on it with a phone number to call? Sounds like amateur night.

No. It means they spoke to 75,000 different people in the course of their investigation.

They were thorough, but ultimately unsuccessful. Quite likely they actually spoke to three murderer.

No doubt you think that what they really needed was a maverick cop who doesn't play by the rules but gets results.

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