Osaka police ask public for help on girl missing for 16 years


Osaka prefectural police on Monday appealed to the public for any information that might help them find out what happened to a nine-year-old girl who went missing on May 20, 2003 in the town of Kumatori near Osaka Bay.

As they do each year on May 20, police and support group of the girl's family handed out posters at Nankai Electric Railway’s Nanba Station, featuring photos of Yuri Yoshikawa who is believed to have been abducted while she was on her way home from school, Fuji TV reported. No trace of her has been found since.

During the past 15 years, police have followed up on thousands of leads and there is a 3 million yen reward offered for information concerning Yuri’s fate.

Police said the only tangible lead they have is that a Toyota Crown was seen driving away from the area where Yuri is believed to have been abducted, with a male driver and a young girl in the front passenger seat.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Izumisano police station at 0724-64-1234.

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So sad. I remember this like it was yesterday. I fear nothing will come of the efforts, save perhaps the welcoming fact that they are trying.

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As much as they're trying it might be useful to get a digital facial reconstruction specialist to perhaps give us a photo of roughly what she would look like now. She's the same age as me, I definitely don't look like I did when I was 9...

Assuming she is still alive, she will likely have a different identity and false memories imposed on her by the kidnapper. She isn't gonna be the same person remotely, likely suppressing those memories of that time of her life...

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I also remember this one and very sad for the family as in all these type of cases, just not knowing what happened to her. Unless the person who abducted her confesses the change of locating her remain remote.

Her photo needs updating, she would be now 25 years old.

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She would look nothing like that photo. They should use computer software to artificially age her photo.

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Tragic. My condolences to the family. Their pain and anguish is unimaginable.

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It must be a nightmare for the family. Sadly, I fear she is no longer alive and her body may never be found.

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Toyota crown, only the most common car in Japan, as almost every tax is one of them. Good luck with that!

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I cannot imagine what the family has gone through and continues to go through.

I must say I admire the police continue to persist in this matter and attend to help hand out posters. I do not think they would do this in my home country.

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Toyota crown, only the most common car in Japan, as almost every tax is one of them. Good luck with that!

Yeah... not quite. The taxis in Japan are Toyota Comfort models. The crown is a completely different vehicle...

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Poor little girl.

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I am sure through modern tech that they can recreate a upto date image of what she would look like now, they have done this in the UK with Madeleine Mc can.

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For the life of me I can not understand why the police did not pass around a photo of her of she may look like today. People are going to have the picture of this little girl glued to their minds and have no idea who they are looking for today.

The police have done it in the past, particularly with suspected criminals and I do not see why they can't do it for this family and the girl that is missing!

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