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Police appeal for help in solving disappearance of 4-year-old girl in 1996

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Police handed out leaflets and asked the public for help on Saturday for any information on the fate of a 4-year-old girl who went missing in 1996 in Gunma Prefecture.

Yukari Yokoyama was abducted from a pachinko parlor in Ota on July 7, 1996. Gunma prefectural police officers handed out leaflets at a shopping mall in Ota City, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Yukari vanished from a pachinko parlor after wandering off from her father. Police said their only lead is surveillance camera footage of a man wearing sunglasses and a cap walking up and down the aisles of the pachinko parlor without playing for about 15 minutes. At one point, the man is seen talking to Yukari.

Police said that over the years, they have received more than 4,000 tips from the public but none have turned up any solid leads. The leaflets distributed by police also include an artist's sketch of how Yukari might look now, if she is still alive.

Anyone with information that might help police is asked to call 0276-33-0110 or 0120-889-324. There is a reward of 6 million yen for any information that might help police solve the case.

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Oh, you mean that 28 year old that's just wandering around Japan?

Come on! It's truly a sad story, but expecting to solve it now?? Police should spend time and resources on newer cases.

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In a recent Chinese case, a young boy child was abducted but his mother never stopped looking. A couple of weeks ago they were reunited after 32 years.

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Read that 5 girls went missing or were murdered in that area. It’s the same old story of ineptitude by the police and prosecutors. Flawed DNA testing, tampering with evidence, forced confession, innocent man having spent 17 years in jail. It took a journalist to do the actual investigation and he seems to even have identified a strong suspect who might have shed light on the whereabouts of this girl as well, but no arrest was made. It’s too late now, for I read elsewhere that this suspect has died in the meantime. Anyway, the whole sordid story is here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Kanto_Serial_Young_Girl_Kidnapping_and_Murder_Case

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I agree, if it’s your loved one, you would never want to give up, never and even if something tragic happened to your child, you still would want to know, you would want to have closure and not having that and growing older and never knowing is the absolute worst for any parent to go through. I’m glad that they don’t give up and glad the police are still looking. Never give up on hope.

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Child predators are the worst kind of sicko , we need to find this one and anyone else like him!

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Come on! It's truly a sad story, but expecting to solve it now??

Why not? You would think in a different way if it was your child. But i guess... you don't have kids.

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It is good they keep the case open, but realistically they have no chance. She would be 28 by now if she was alive, and if in fact she was she would have no idea about her parents. And the artists impression is just phantasy.

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She could be dead. But it could be she also does not know who is she.

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Yukari vanished from a pachinko parlor after wandering off from her father. 

Good job, dad...........best place for a 4 year old girl is a pachinko parlor.

> Police said that over the years, they have received more than 4,000 tips from the public but none have turned up any solid leads. 

Ridiculous. How many tips do they need to solve any case? Maybe if they had 4005?

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Ridiculous. How many tips do they need to solve any case? Maybe if they had 4005?

They only need one. It has to be the right one though. If not, then one million tips won't matter.

Not that the generation that grew up on tv crimes that are magically resolved 1 hour - 43 minutes without commercials - can understand this.

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The cops seem to have cracked the Madeleine McCann case, although there has been less time and an unpleasant outcome, so there is still a chance. Truly hope they find her safe or at at least get justice and some measure of closure for her family.

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Yet another reason not to bring your kids to a pachinko parlour...

2 ( +3 / -1 )

No children in gambling joints and no children locked in cars while parents are in gambling joints

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