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Nara: Middle school girl goes missing

NARA (TR) – Nara Prefectural Police are seeking the help of the public in locating a middle school girl living in Nara City who went missing earlier this month, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Dec. 9).

At around 7:20 a.m. on December 1, Hiiro Baba, 14, went missing after departing home for school.

Her family reported her missing that night, the Nara-Nishi Police Station said.

The case is being treated as foul play.

There were no signs that the girl ever used her IC card to board a bus or train to commute to her school on the day she disappeared. As well, she was not seen in security camera footage taken near her residence.

Hiiro Baba went missing on December 1 (Twitter)

Smartphone off

Through the night of December 2, her smartphone rang but it was not answered. The smartphone was apparently turned off or it’s battery died the next day, police said.

Of medium build, Baba stands about 150 centimeters tall. She was last seen wearing a white jacket, black pants and black shoes. She was carrying a black backpack.

“I want her to be safe in some way,” her father said. “I am hopeful she will be found.”

Persons with information on the case are advised to call the Nara-Nishi Police Station at 0742-49-0110.