About 40 police officers searched woods on Wednesday near the road along which missing university student Miyako Hiraoka, 19, used to commute from her dormitory to her part-time job workplace, but no leads to her whereabouts were found, police said.
Hiraoka was last seen leaving the ice cream shop where she worked at a shopping center in Hamada City at around 9.15 p.m. on Oct 26, and has been missing since. Calls to her cell phone have gone unanswered and police released a photo of her to the public on Monday, appealing for information.
Hiraoka’s workplace was about one kilometer from her student dormitory, and police divided into three teams to also search alternative routes she may have used on Oct 26. Police said that each of the roads had poor lighting, and will continue their search on Thursday.
A staff member at Hiraoka’s workplace said she worked there three times a week but had informed them in mid-October she would be quitting to focus on her studies. Her last shift was scheduled for Oct 28.© Wire reports