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Osaka police ask public for help on girl missing since 2003

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Osaka prefectural police this week 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, police and support groups of Yuri Yoshikawa's family hand out posters at Nankai Electric Railway’s Nanba Station, but for the past two years were unable to do so because of the coronavirus. On Tuesday, they once again handed out flyers to commuters at the station.

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 19 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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After 19 years what new leads are the police expecting?

-6 ( +6 / -12 )

I guess, they still haven’t even checked all homes of Crown owners of that time 19 years ago, as that could be considered a nuisance and and limit their freedom and privacy for a few minutes… lol

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Are there no statue of limitations?

It’s a sad story, but she’s gone.

Even if they did somehow by a miracle, find her, she’d be an adult by now.

Living some kind of life, pleasant or not.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Statute***

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

agree with kurisupisu

The case has gone cold.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

Someone knows something. Hopefully the guilt will gnaw away at them enough to give information to the police.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

agree with vreth

Someone knows something. If not to alleviate their guilt by association, then at least for the ¥3,000,000 reward.

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Yes, diminished chances of any new leads on ‘cold cases’ with each passing year but, there was absolutely no reason police could not have done their annual leaflet handout and continued area door-to-door canvass for witnesses and leads.

Isn’t this a second case in a month reported here with such a lame “coronavirus” excuse for J police not doing their duty ?

- “each year, police hand out posters at Nankai Electric Railway’s Nanba Station, but for the past two years were unable to do so because of the coronavirus.” -

Disappointing. The victim’s family should be disgusted.

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Heartbreaking.

It's tragic that the police in Japan are purely reactive as opposed to proactive.

Short of a confession, forced or not, I doubt this case will ever be solved.

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there was absolutely no reason police could not have done their annual leaflet handout

The article only mentions leaflet handouts at Namba Station. That's far away from Kumatori, and I guess it's not the most significant part of any police investigation. I've also read elsewhere that the police used alternative means of highlighting the case during the covid lockdown.

Are there no statue of limitations?

Does it matter? I imagine her parents would like to know what has happened to her.

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After 48 hours most cases go cold if they are not investigated. If the only tangible lead they have is a Toyota Crown was seen driving away from the area where Yuri is believed to have been abducted perhaps they could check the data base of all those car types in the immediate or surrounding areas and start an investigation from there.

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