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Two decades on: Police still search for girl, 16, who went missing from Hokkaido mall

HOKKAIDO (TR) – After more than two decades, Hokkaido Prefectural Police are still seeking the whereabouts of a teenage girl who went missing from a shopping mall in Muroran City.

Asami Chida, then 16, boarded a bus on March 6, 2001 after leaving the mall. She was headed to her part-time job. However, she was never seen again.

On March 6 of this year, police distributed leaflets with information on Chida to visitors at the mall at a location where she was spotted in security camera footage taken 22 years ago.

Since her disappearance, the Muroran Police Station has received 273 tips. However, there were only nine submitted last year.

At right, how Asami Chida might look at the age of 38 (Twitter)

To assist the public, police have released graphics showing how Chida might look now at the age of 38.

“Even though 22 years have passed, I will not give up,” said the chief of the Muroran Police Station. “I would like [the public] to provide us with any information, even if it is trivial.”