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The body of a girl found in a parking lot in Osaka Prefecture last week was confirmed Tuesday to be that of a 13-year-old who went missing with a boy from her school a day earlier, police said.

Natsumi Hirata, a first-year junior high school student from Neyagawa, Osaka Prefecture, was found dead Thursday night in the parking lot of a distribution company in the nearby city of Takatsuki, her face wrapped in adhesive tape.

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