About 180 police officers and volunteers on Monday continued their search for a fifth day for a 6-year-old girl who went missing in Kobe on Sept 11.
The girl, Mirei Ikuta, disappeared while walking home after leaving school in Nagata Ward at around 2:45 p.m. last Thursday. TV Asahi reported that she dropped in to see her grandmother who lives near the school and then left to go home.
Street surveillance camera footage showed Mirei walking past a convenience store 400 meters from her home at 3:15 p.m.
Police said her school bag was found at home, leading them to believe she dropped it off and then went out again. She was seen walking by a park at around 5:30 p.m., going in the opposite direction from her house, but after that, there has been no trace of her. Her mother contacted police at around 7 p.m. Thursday.
Police on Monday widened the area of their search to include parks, canals and bushland in the vicinity.
In the latest development, police said they had found a parasol that Mirei was seen using on the surveillance camera footage, near the entrance to the apartment building next to the convenience store, Fuji TV reported.
Mirei is 115 cm tall, and was wearing a one-piece blue and pink dress and had a rucksack with a stuffed bear in it.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Nagata police at 078-578-0110.© Japan Today