• Kyodo


An 11-year-old elementary school girl from Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, missing since Saturday was found safe early Wednesday, police said.

Michi Shinozaki was found in Chigasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture.

The fifth-grader vanished while taking her dog for a walk.

According to the police, Shinozaki called the Chigasaki Police Station using a phone at the unmanned Koide Police Substation in the Namegaya district in Chigasaki before 4 a.m. Wednesday and identified herself by name. Officers put Shinozaki under their protection and confirmed her identity with her family.

She had no visible injuries, the police said.

The Koide Police Substation is about 25 km south of her home.

There was no information about whether she gave the police or her family any account of where she had been or what had happened to her.

They launched a search for Shinozaki soon after her father reported her disappearance to the Sagamihara Police Station at around 6:40 p.m. Saturday.

According to the police, she had been playing at her home with three classmates before she took her dog for a walk at around 4 p.m. Her older sister, who came home at around 4:30 p.m., saw that the dog had returned alone with its leash still attached.

The police had urged the public to volunteer information regarding the whereabouts of the girl and on Tuesday released her name and a photograph, along with the information that she is about 155 cm tall, has shoulder-length hair, and was wearing a black jacket, navy blue jeans and white sneakers when last seen.

The police said she left without money and her mobile phone.

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