Police said Sunday night they have arrested an unemployed 26-year-old man on suspicion of kidnapping an 11-year-old girl who disappeared from a recycled goods shopping center in Kashiba, Nara Prefecture, on Saturday afternoon
Police said that Kotone Morita was found with her wrists bound in the car of Masaru Ito in the town of Yamato Takada at around 9 p.m. Sunday, about 10 kilometers from the store where she was last seen, Fuji TV reported. Police said she was shaken but unharmed.
According to police, the girl had gone with her parents and elder sister to the recycled goods store on Saturday afternoon. At around 1:50 p.m., she told her parents she was going to the toilet. The store has a south wing and a north wing separated by a road. Kotone left the north wing to go to the toilet in the south wing.
Kotone's parents came looking for her when she didn't return and found her right sandal in the toilet.
Police quoted a store employee as saying he heard a scream coming from near the toilet at around 2 p.m.
On Sunday, police handed out flyers to pedestrians and motorists passing by the store which is located about 700 meters from Shizumi Station on the JR Wakayama line.
A witness said he saw a navy blue colored car parked nearby which left shortly after Kotone disappeared. That information led police to Ito's car.
Police said Ito had kept Kotone confined in the back seat of his car overnight Saturday.© Japan Today