Police ask public for help in finding killer of 7-year-old girl in 2005
Police in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, on Saturday made an appeal to the public for any information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the murder of a 7-year-old girl seven years ago.
Yuki Yoshida went missing while on her way to school in Imaichi (which became part of Nikko in 2006). She was found murdered in a forest in Ibaraki Prefecture on Dec 1, 2005. No suspect has been arrested. Police said they have followed up on more than 3,300 leads in the case and a reward of 5 million yen has been offered.
On Saturday, police handed out leaflets to people at stations in the former Imaichi area and a notice board has been put up on the road beside the forest where Yuki’s body was found.
Two years ago, Yuki’s parents made a heartfelt official comment to media in which they said: “It has been five years since Yuki went to heaven. We wonder what her killer is doing now and where he/she lives. While police have been desperately trying to solve the case, the killer must be living as if nothing happened, which frustrates us. Somebody stabbed 7-year-old Yuki many times and left her naked in a cold forest. We hope whoever did it will be brought to justice some day. It’s not too late for the killer to apologize for Yuki before her grave. It’s not only for Yuki but also for the killer. We hope no more children are killed.”