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Search resumes for 7-year-old girl missing at Yamanashi campsite since Saturday

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About 60 police and firefighters resumed their search Tuesday morning for a 7-year-old girl who went missing on Saturday at a campsite at Doshi-mura in Yamanashi Prefecture.

Police said Misaki Ogura, who came with her mother and sister in a group of about 30 people from Narita City in Chiba Prefecture, was last seen running by herself after some other children in the woods at around 4 p.m. on Saturday, Fuji TV reported. Search operations were mounted on Saturday afternoon, Sunday and Monday but no trace of the girl has been found.

On Tuesday, searchers used a drone equipped with a sensor capable of detecting body heat but could not find her, Kyodo News reported.

At the time, the girl was wearing a black long-sleeved shirt and jeans. The Yamanashi campsite is located in a mountainous area and there is a stream that runs through the woods.

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Hope she is found soon and is unharmed, her parents must be beside themselves with worry.

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There have been some cases where very young lost children were found alive even after days in the woods. I really hope this girl will join their ranks very soon.

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Prayers that she is found soon.

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Hope she’s ok. There are bears in that forest.

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If the search was resumed, presumably it had been suspended. Why was it suspended?

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Due to darkness.

I'm hoping they find her ASAP. The fear and angst her and her parents must be experiencing is unimaginable.

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Even being separate from you parents for only a few minutes at a mall is traumatizing enough, I can only imagine how stressful it is to be in that kid's shoes right now. In relation to what the moderator said above, I'm surprised Japan can't track people in the dark, they should at least have some capability to do so

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In relation to what the moderator said above, I'm surprised Japan can't track people in the dark, they should at least have some capability to do so

Some ASDF choppers are equipped with FLIR, which could have been utilized over night.

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I'm surprised Japan can't track people in the dark, they should at least have some capability to do so

TV said they are using helicopters with heat sensors. Japan certainly has the technology. But a 7 year old girl is obviously not such a big heat source that it is easily spotted.

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This girl could be found in 10 seconds of they used a FLIR. Forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras, typically used on military and civilian aircraft, use a thermographic camera that senses infrared radiation. Put a FLIR on a Helo, fly 100 ft above the ground. and you will see her as a hot spot if she is still alive. I am assuming Japan does not have this technology. Hope she is found soon!

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"Drako" is 100% correct. Something is missing from this story.

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We need that old guy who's really good at finding people who get lost in the wild. What was his name ???

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Some ASDF choppers are equipped with FLIR, which could have been utilized over night.

The SDF would not typically be called in for a search and rescue effort like this one here. This type of equipment should be readily available for civilian use, particularly in Japan, where search and rescue missions are rather common.

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Do they not have tracker dogs?

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This girl could be found in 10 seconds of they used a FLIR.

> "Drako" is 100% correct. Something is missing from this story.

> This type of equipment should be readily available for civilian use

It is available for civilian use. And this is real life not a TV show. In mountainous and wooded terrain FLIR can easily miss a small heat source. The trees can easily block her heat.

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@Dom Palmer

I am more than well aware what a FLIR can and can not do. I used to work on FLIR Pods in the Navy.

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Assuming she was just lost was a big mistake. Regardless, her picture has not been in any reports and that too has been a big mistake.

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