4-Year-old Girl was Taken While her Parents Played Slot Machines
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This is probably one of the most bizarre missing children cases I have ever come across in Japan. Not only because it is still unsolved with no answers or known whereabouts of the little girl Yukari Yokoyama, but because many journalists have uncovered that the police may have already known the abductor but haven’t taken action.
Despite being missing since 1996, Yukari or her remains have never been found. Other missing children who were taken around the same area, in the same way, have been found dead. Is Yukari linked with one of those abducted and killed children as well?
A very baffling case as the parents who were playing slot machines called pachinko in Japanese were just steps away from where Yukari was last seen. CCTV cameras not only saw a strange man talking to her, but also saw her follow him out. Where did Yukari go? Did that man abduct her? Was he ever identified? Are the police still looking for either the man or Yukari? This is the complex story of a 4-year-old girl who went missing from a pachinko parlor.
Yukari Yokoyama was born in 1992 to parents Yasuo and Mitsuko. They lived in Ota City in Gunma, Japan. The couple also had a second daughter who was born 3 years after Yukari. They were a typical middle-class family in Japan who loved their children and cared for them dearly.
They would often take drives around the city, and visit hot spring hotels and parks where Yukari could play. The weekend that Yukari went missing was actually a famous summer holiday in Japan called Tanabata. Known as the Star Festival, it celebrates the meeting of two lovers who have been separated in…