About 100 police were mobilized to earch for a 10-year-old girl Monday after her school backpack was found on the street near Kitami station in Kitami City. A passer-by noticed the school bag up against a tree at around 8.20 Monday morning, and told the police. The bag was identified as belonging to the girl, and after learning that her mother had dropped her off about half an hour before at her school, about 600 meters from where the bag was discovered, police concluded she might have been abducted or involved in some incident and mobilized around 100 officers.
Five hours later, her grandfather called police and told them the girl had walked to his house, some 18 kilometers away, and that she was OK. The girl said that she left her bag because it was heavy. She is also reported to have been saying on a daily basis that she didn’t want to go to school.
Buses run infrequently along the route the girl was thought to have taken, and houses were few and far between among the rice fields, perhaps explaining why there were few if any people who saw the girl walking alone, police said.© Wire reports