Police in Sapporo are appealing for help in finding a 9-year-old girl who has been missing since Jan 27.
Police on Thursday released a photo of Rina Hataya, a 3rd year student at Higashi-Sapporo Elementary School in Shiroishi Ward.
Fuji TV reported that the girl left home at around 3 p.m. on Jan 27 after telling her mother that she was going to buy a notebook for school. She has not been seen since.
Police said they questioned the girl's friends, the family's neighbors, but after turning up no clues, they decided to release the girl's photo to the media in case she has fallen victim to a crime.
Hataya is about 1.3 meters tall, of slim build, with hair a bit longer than her shoulders and wears purple-framed glasses. When she left home, she was wearing a black down jacket and beige pants.
Anyone with information is urged to call Sapporo Shiraishi police at 011-814-0110.© Japan Today