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6-year-old girl missing in Kobe


Hyogo prefectural police on Saturday mobilized 120 officers to search for a 6-year-old girl who has been missing for two days in Kobe.

According to police, the girl, Mirei Ikuta, disappeared while walking home after leaving school in Nagata Ward at around 2:45 p.m. on Thursday. TV Asahi reported that she dropped in to see her grandmother who lives nearby and then left to go home.

Police said street surveillance camera footage showed Mirei walking past a convenience store 400 meters from her home at 3:15 p.m., but after that, there has been no trace of her. Her mother contacted police at around 7 p.m. Thursday.

On Saturday, police searched parks and canals without any results.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Nagata police at 078-578-0110.

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Every parent's nightmare! Let's hope she is found safe and well.

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This really hits home, cause my daughter is the same age. I hope they find her soon.

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I hope she is found. It happen to me once and I couldn't let my daughter out of my sight for years later. if I was there I would be out looking for her.

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This is the best way for public to held. Media blasts a brief article with a photo. Lets hope she is found unharmed in any way.

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I hope Mirei chan is found safe and soon.

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What a shame! I hope she turns out okay.

One thing I really like about Japan is how parents allow their children even as young as second-grade to walk to school alone. I grew up in a small town and did the same from this first grade. It really made a difference. The way I looked at the world that my neighborhood was my neighborhood. And that people can be trusted.

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I hope they find her... anyone have a link to more information that could also be useful? '

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Not a lot more info, just that she's 115 cm tall, and was wearing a dress with a pink bodice and blue skirt.

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Other reports say that she was last seen at her "grandmother's' house before she vanished... her grandmother's house is real close to her own home. So... I assess the grandmother's house has been checked? I will assume so.

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School to grandmother's house, to being picked up by the camera outside the convenience store, and then no trace of her.

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I hope Mirei safe.

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The latest news says she went home, then was seen at a local pram at 5:30. I sure nope the find her soon, it's been 3 days now...

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what is a "local pram" ? A Pram to me is a stroller.. so I need a better translation!

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A typo!!! A local park! So sorry, this is what happens when I type w/o glasses!

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3 days now... I am afraid there is no good outcome to this.

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I wish they find her safe ...

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