Girl Still Missing after Intensive Search Ends in Yamanashi
Doshi, Yamanashi Pref., Oct. 7 (Jiji Press)--The Yamanashi prefectural police ended an intensive search for a seven-year-old girl from Narita, Chiba Prefecture, on Sunday, the 16th day of her disappearance.
Misaki Ogura went missing during a visit with her family to a campsite in the Yamanashi village of Doshi in central Japan on Sept. 21.
"We did all we could in the search," local police chief Hisashi Inoue said. "We're sorry that we couldn't find her."
A total of about 1,700 police officers, firefighters and Self-Defense Force troops were mobilized for the search efforts, which covered areas within 15 kilometers east and west of the campsite and 7-8 kilometers north and south.
"After hearing that the search operation has been discontinued, we feel gratitude (for those involved in the search) and disappointment," the girl's mother, Tomoko, 36, told reporters in the village on Sunday night.
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