Police in Otari, Nagano Prefecture, on Sunday resumed their search for a seven-year-old girl who went missing on Saturday. However, by nightfall, no trace of the missing girl had been found.
About 110 police and other rescue personnel searched thick forests and a river for Rina Machida who was last seen at around 11:40 a.m. Saturday heading to a local festival with her mother and older brother, Fuji TV reported.
According to police, the trio were staying at Rina's grandparents' home in Otari, a small mountain community of about 75 residents. Rina's mother and brother left the house to go help with preparations for the festival at a shrine compound about 100 meters from their house. Rina followed after her mother and brother and was about 30 meters behind them when she dropped out of sight.
Rina's mother called police at around 1:40 p.m. after she and local residents were unable to find the girl. About 70 police and firefighters searched for Rina without luck on Saturday afternoon. The search resumed again at 6 a.m. Sunday.
Police said a witness saw Rina walking near the shrine gateway at around 11:40 a.m. Another witness said he saw a girl who looked like Rina carrying a stuffed toy.
Her sandals were found in long grass by a narrow road about 300 meters from her grandparents' home.
Rina is 130 cms tall, with shoulder-length black hair and was wearing a pink T-shirt and gray shorts.© Japan Today