(Update) Bone Found in Central Japan Belonged to Missing Girl: Police

(Update) Bone Found in Central Japan Belonged to Missing Girl: Police

   Kofu, Yamanashi Pref., May 14 (Jiji Press)--The police department of Yamanashi Prefecture concluded Saturday that a human shoulder blade recently found in a mountain area in the central Japan prefecture belonged to a girl who went missing from a nearby campsite in 2019.
   The girl, Misaki Ogura, then a 7-year-old elementary school first-grader, disappeared during her visit to the campsite in the village of Doshi in Yamanashi in September 2019.
   The right shoulder blade was found on May 4 near the place where a human skull fragment was discovered last month.
   The DNA type of the shoulder blade matched that of the girl from the city of Narita, Chiba Prefecture, eastern Japan, the Yamanashi police said. The police department will investigate the cause of Misaki's death, suspecting the possibility of the girl encountering an accident or falling victim to a crime.
   The shoulder blade is a few centimeters square, and the person to which it belonged is believed to have died several years ago, according to the police. A mitochondrial DNA test conducted on the human skull fragment confirmed blood relations between the fragment and the girl's mother, Tomoko, 39. But a DNA type to identify an individual was not detected from the skull.

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