Police in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, said Thursday that the mother of an 11-year-old girl who disappeared while walking on her way home from school on Monday afternoon, consulted them in May about a suspicious silver car that was seen in the area where the girl was last seen.
At around 4 p.m. on Monday, Sakura Moriyama called her mother to come and pick her up from school. However, her mother was at the hospital with her younger sister and was unable to pick her up, so Sakura 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. The man was dressed in a black suit and was standing near a silver car.
Police said that Sakura's mother called them one afternoon in May after she saw a silver car parked near their home a couple of times and was worried that it might have followed Sakura home from school. However, she was unable to give police the complete license number and the car was not seen in the vicinity again.
It was after that incident that Sakura's mother got her a cell phone with a GPS system.
Sakura's mother called her at around 5:30 p.m. on Monday. 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 Sakura’s phone was turned off later Monday night.
Sakura 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