Hokkaido prefectural police on Thursday release an image of a 16-year-old boy who has been missing from his home in Rumoi since December.
Police said Shota Iida has been missing since he left his high school after practice at the soft tennis club at around 11 a.m. on Dec 7. TV Asahi quoted police as saying he was seen about 30 minutes later walking in the opposite direction to his house.
After Iida's family reported him missing, police said they conducted a thorough search of inns, hotels, train stations and examined surveillance camera footage, as well as interviewing the boy's friends. Officials at Iida's school and his classmates said they were not aware of any bullying against him or any other trouble at school.
After determining that Iida was most likely not a runaway, police appealed to the public for help this week.
Anyone with any information about Iida is asked to call police at 0164-42-0110.© Japan Today