Tomoko Ogura hands a leaflet with information on her missing daughter Misaki to a visitor at a road station in Doshimura, Yamanashi Prefecture, on Monday. Photo: KYODO
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Mother of 7-year-old girl missing since Sept 21 asks public for help

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The mother of a 7-year-old girl who went missing in September at a mountainous campsite at Doshimura, Yamanashi Prefecture, on Monday asked the public for help in finding her daughter.

Tomoko Ogura handed out leaflets with a photo of her daughter Misaki and other details to campers and tourists at Michinoeki-doshi, a small road station near the campsite, Sankei Shimbun reported. Tomoko and nine volunteers handed out nearly 4,000 leaflets during the day.

She told reporters that all she can do is keep looking and trying to gather as much information as she can. “I don’t know where my daughter is but I’m asking anyone in Japan who might know something to please help,” she said.

Misaki, who went missing at around 3:40 p.m. on Saturday Sept 21, had come with her mother and sister in a group of about 30 people from Narita City in Chiba Prefecture. She was last seen running by herself behind some other children after eating snacks. Her mother saw her run off and turn left into the woods. That was the last time anyone saw her. She was wearing a black long-sleeved shirt and jeans.

More than 1,700 police, Self-Defense Force personnel and volunteers searched for her, using tracker dogs and a drone equipped with a sensor capable of detecting body heat but so far no trace of Misaki has been found.

A stream runs through the woods down the mountain but a search downstream proved fruitless. Police also checked nearby farmhouses and empty huts.

Yamanashi prefectural police ended their large-scale search on Oct 6.

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It must be inconceivably horrid torture for the parents. I can’t help but think this little girl has fallen foul to some creep. The area she went missing is not a remote area and she (or her body) should have been found. Let’s hope she is found.

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That was about 6 weeks ago she went missing, something tells me that this is not going to end well, I hope she is found safe and well, but her parents must be very worried.

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That was about 6 weeks ago she went missing, something tells me that this is not going to end well, I hope she is found safe and well, but her parents must be very worried.

Not only was it 6 weeks ago, it was before Typhoon Hagibis hit the country. Even if she was the best survivalist I doubt she would survive through that type of weather without being prepared.

I feel for the parents, but their girl isn't coming back to them. My guess is she got injured, lost, passed away and then the animals got to her. They aren't going to find much if anything.

More than 1,700 police, Self-Defense Force personnel and volunteers searched for her, using tracker dogs and a drone equipped with a sensor capable of detecting body heat but so far no trace of Misaki has been found.

The area she was lost is pretty remote, contrary to what Do the Hustle says. Tons of unforgiving mountains, filled with bears getting ready for the winter..

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The area she was lost is pretty remote, contrary to what Do the Hustle says. Tons of unforgiving mountains, filled with bears getting ready for the winter..

Actually that area is not pretty remote, by Japanese standards, and definitely not filled with bears.

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Poor child - and dreadful for the parents. What else can the woman do but keep trying. Fingers crossed for her...

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Wouldn't it be better to have a picture of the missing child, rather than one of the mother?

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This is heartbreaking. I hate to assume the worst, but disappearing into the woods is not the best sign.

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In many countries, you have a national alert launched within hours if a child's disappearance is likely to put life at risk.

Now sorry but too late to expect anything positive.

Wishing she is going to be fou d i' good health, but how that seems possible by now ?

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I'm convinced that this was an abduction by some molester.

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I think some sub-human abducted the poor child, killed her and buried the body quite deeply. I guess the bones won't be found for many years until there is an earthquake or some kind of ground shift whereby the bones come to the surface.

I feel so deeply for the parents, brings tears to my eyes.

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tbh,wouldnt point fingers at evil people at this point... I did trail near tanawa and omuro and its pretty easy to get lost there... even for me.. so i can imagine 7 years old not finding way out...what i dont understand is how a mom lets her child run around unsupervised at 7 years old at one of deepest kanto forests.

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Children are curious, especially in Nature. My feeling is she wandered away into the forest, and subsequently got lost. Kids can wander quite far and quickly get out of sight. My heart breaks for the Mother.

Never take your eyes off your young child and always go after them if they wander out of your radius. Better safe than sorry.

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Hope she's found.

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Why doesn't the media help with a photo of the child, instead of a photo of just the mother? Even if it doesn't help to bring back Misaki, it'd make any nefarious perpetrator face his/her guilt, and he/she/they should face it every day.

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@nedotjp you are incorrect in regards to the bears. I was just east of that area two weekends ago and saw warning signs posted for bears that have recently been observed in the area. There were numerous landslides and damage in that area and since I have also noticed a lot of animals have been venturing out into public areas. In a park that I have been too numerous times near Miyagase I observed deer feces and hog tracks in the mud. I camp and hike in this area frequently and can speak with some certainty that the land and animals in this area can be dangerous.

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Here are images of Misaki Ogura:

https://www.sankei.com/affairs/photos/191005/afr1910050012-p2.html

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I agree that photos of the child should have been shown on the media much earlier, basically as soon as her disappearance was newsworthy. I doubt she was abducted, but the possibility should be considered from the start, not after x square kilometers of forest have been searched.

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kohakuebisuToday 10:55 am JSTI agree that photos of the child should have been shown on the media much earlier, basically as soon as her disappearance was newsworthy

uhhhh, i guess you must have been sleeping that week, but her picture, and a video of her, was shown almost immediately after she went missing.

the funny thing about this story is that the father is almost nowhere to be seen, literally. even when he was interviewed by the media, only his torso was shown. the mother, on the other hand, has had no qualms about showing her face and being very active in the media and also handing out flyers in the local area.

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