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An 8-year-old girl and her 5-year-old sister found dead Sunday in a mountain forest in Okayama Prefecture, 17 days after they disappeared, apparently froze to death and were not spotted in a massive search because their bodies had been covered by snow, police said Monday.

Okayama Prefectural Police suspect Akise Haruna and her younger sister, Rise, froze to death after becoming lost in the forest Jan. 23 less than 2 km from their grandparents’ home.

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