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Osaka police ask public for help on girl missing for 17 years

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Osaka prefectural police on Wednesday 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.

Usually, each year on May 20, police and support groups of Yuri Yoshikawa's family hand out posters at Nankai Electric Railway’s Nanba Station, but this year were unable to do so because of the coronavirus. Instead, police posted videos online asking the public for any information that might help them.

Yoshikawa is believed to have been abducted while she was on her way home from school. No trace of her has been found since.

During the past 17 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 072-464-1234.

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Whoever harms a child is nothing but the scum on earth. Hope she's alive.

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I can't imagine the pain the family is still feeling.

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Such a sad story. It’s amazing the police are still on this and soliciting help in this way.

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It’s misleading to post pictures of a young girl after 17 years-an artist’s rendition of what Yuri would look like now would be much better.

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Jesus, photos/stories like this just kill me inside. Horrible.

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So police are looking for a Japanese man driving a Toyota Crown, give me a break.

Someone out there knows exactly what happened to her, but to scared to come forward.

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I remember this one clearly as it was near where I once lived. I understand that these school walking groups are made for childrens' safety but when they return home, some kids still have to walk a ways by themselves as they love down a different street than classmates. If the mom is home, she should be waiting around the group's break-up point. I am not blaming the mother but that is what I would do.

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Police said the only tangible lead they have is that a Toyota Crown was seen driving away from the area

And no license plate number? This is nothing to go on. That car (or the person driving it) may not have had anything to with the girl's abduction. And even if they did, the Toyota Crown are like the most common car in Japan. They're all over the place, and if this was 17 years ago, the car probably doesn't even exist, or has changed hands several times since then.

Another thing is, you're showing a picture of a presumably 27 year old woman as she looked when she was 9. She could literally be in the same room as me and I doubt I would recognize her. There has to be composite drawings or pictures of parents or siblings to get a better idea of what she may look like today, because a childhood picture of a woman in her late 20's isn't going to get the job done.

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There is nothing misleading or wrong about putting up a picture of how she would look like now.

If she is alive, someone somewhere might see the resemblance!

Remember seeing the story in China about parents being reunited with their son after 32 years, that gives me hope!!

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Every year, a large number of people go missing without notice, some declared presumed dead across Japan.

The reason to pick up this particular case may relate to a possible kidnapping by North Korea. It's still speculation, though. Google it and you will find more stories.

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If she is alive, someone somewhere might see the resemblance!

Hopefully that is the case, but realistically unless the person looking at this photo knew the girl personally, I doubt she'd be recognizable based on those photos alone. People's faces change so much during adolescence. The description describes her has being somewhat chubby, but she could be very thin now and look very different.

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There's a poster about her in a local post office, didn't realise it was all the way back from 2003.

Hope she's okay nonetheless

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Tragic that it happened, but this plea isn't likely to help. It's more CYA by the cops.

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What about a facial age update using software?

Yesterday read a story about a Chinese couple who had their young boy child abducted 30 years ago. They found their son after 32 years. They never stopped looking.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-52717670

Sometimes true is stranger than fiction.

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I can not imaginable that her parent's feelings. However It is impossible seeking her. because we can not recognized that her grew up form from this photo.

For example,predict her grew up form by use to analysis software. Should be utilized develop IT systems.

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No BusinessToday 08:28 am JSTJesus, photos/stories like this just kill me inside. Horrible.

Whoever took this girl had another one in his Toyota too. Probably a perv, a pimp or even a yak.

Either way, he's a low-life scum.

Stories like this make me feel very sad, mad and sick.

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It is good they have not given up on the case, but 17 year old pictures dont really help.

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Remember this from day one, and I can't imagine the pain and suffering the family is going through -- nothing is worse than never knowing. As Zaphod said, it's good that they are still trying to find out what happened and are appealing to the public -- I think that is the best way of potentially finding something (be it spotting her, still alive, or hearing something about a body). Here's hoping she is still alive and can return home some day.

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Through computers, they can actually see what she should look like after 17 years, I hope they come out with a computer generated picture it might be of some help, but I do feel that she's no long with us, although there have been cases where children have been abducted and they are found in building living, and some even have children by there captures.

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@zichi...

What about a facial age update using software?

Actually this is quite plausible now. The advances of this technology are quite amazing.

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Tokyo-EngrToday 07:03 pm JST@zichi...

What about a facial age update using software?

Actually this is quite plausible now. The advances of this technology are quite amazing.

We've had this technology in use for police/crime shows like 'America's Most Wanted' over 20 years ago. And around 1992 we've had the advent of software like Photoshop to create images of dead celebrities so the stupid tabloids can generate trash stories like 'Marilyn Monroe/ Elvis/JFK/ George Harrison/Whitney Houston/oh whoever is still living and residing at a resort in Bahrain/Cancun/Enceladus (moon of Saturn)' or whatever.

That technology isn't new, and an 'update' of that girl's face could go a long way in solving this case.

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Toyota crown, very criminally rated car!

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