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Police appeal for help from public over 2008 murder of 15-year-old girl

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Policer handed out leaflets at Toyota Station in Aichi Prefecture on Wednesday, asking the public for any information that might help apprehend the person or persons who killed a 15-year-old girl in 2008.

Police also visited the site where the body of Manami Shimizu was found and observed a moment of silence, while local residents placed flowers at the scene.

Shimizu was found dead at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday May 3, 2008, in a rice field in Toyota City, about one kilometer from her home in Ikoma. She was lying on her back, with a small hand towel stuffed into her mouth and a cord around her neck, next to her bicycle. Her school bag was later found on a riverbank some 15 km away.

A family acquaintance found the body after her family, friends and police began searching for Shimizu when she did not return home after going to her high school, attached to Aichi University of Education, the day before.

She attended as an assistant a practice session of the high school's soccer team that ended at 6:30 p.m. Friday May 2, and left school by bicycle at around 6:45 p.m. That was the last time she was seen alive.

Police said 21 officers remain on the case. In the past 10 years, police have followed up on about 1,400 leads in the case, but with no luck so far.

There is a 3 million yen reward offered for the arrest of the killer or killers. Anyone with any information is asked to call Toyota police at 0120-400538.

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That’s why we pay them...and now do their job too.

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Here's a suggestion locate the soccer team players and DNA them then test against DNA if any found on body...if that works I could use the reward. simple police detection procedure.

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It's a bit late for an appeal for information... who's going to remember a Girl on a bicycle back in 2008 ?

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I wonder if this will not get solved until the murderer is in his/her deathbed many years from now and confesses before death.

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It's a bit late for an appeal for information... who's going to remember a Girl on a bicycle back in 2008 ?

These appeals are not just for someone who may have seen something, but also to try to bring out of the woodwork anyone who may have had information at the time, but choose not to give it for whatever reason. It's to keep the issue alive in people's minds.

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I have mixed feelings about the police here but I admire they held this small ceremony. The ceremony itself will not likely help solve the case but the fact the took time to go remember this young lady in this manner is noteworthy.

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Police said 21 officers remain on the case.

So let me get this straight.....they put 21 police officers on a MURDER case of an innocent 15 year old girl who died a very violent and horrible way at the hands of a very evil and wicked person who is still on the loose after 10 years, but 15,550 police on a case to catch a simple thief who harmed no one while he was out? Just checking. I hope the person(s) involved or someone comes forward with valuable information leading to the capture, trial and swift justice of this.......vile creature.

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So let me get this straight.....they put 21 police officers on a MURDER case of an innocent 15 year old girl

No, they put a lot more than that on it. There are 21 police officers left on the case.f

15,550police on a case to catch a simple thief who harmed no one while he was out?

And at the same time sent a message to every prisoner out there that if they escape, the police will put ALL of their resources on re-catching the escapee. That in turn will keep prisoners from escaping, which pays itself back as an investment over time.

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