TOYAMA (TR) – Previous to final 12 months, the web had grow to be stuffed with rumors about what might need befallen Megumi Yashiki and Narumi Takumi, each 19 years outdated once they disappeared in 1996.
They have been kidnapped by North Korean brokers, or so went one rumor. One other mentioned they have been raped and killed by a gang of bosozoku roughnecks.
Within the latter hypothesis, the spirits of the ladies brought about two of the offenders to go mad, with their whereabouts changing into unknown. In the meantime, the opposite three went on reside in worry over their dastardly deeds.
None of them proved to be true — at the least that’s most likely the case, or so says weekly tabloid Shukan Josei.
Regardless of the invention, questions nonetheless linger, together with a elementary question: Why did the police reply so slowly after receiving a tip years earlier than the invention?
It was Golden Week, 1996. At round 9:00 p.m. on Might 5, Yashiki and Takumi, each residents of Himi Metropolis, instructed their households that they have been heading to Uozu Metropolis inside Yashiki’s car.
Their goal was Resort Tsubono, then abandoned. Amongst residents within the area, it was generally known as a “haunted spot.”
Situated about 60 kilometers east of Himi, the resort was a six-floor construction. Within the early Eighties, the supervisor of the resort disappeared after submitting for chapter.
Then, in the course of the asset-inflated “bubble” financial system, the property and buildings have been offered at public sale for 35 million yen.
Nonetheless, the resort was deserted after the bubble burst. Having fallen into disrepair, it turned a hangout for bosozoku roughnecks.
“We’re in Uozu”
In response to the journal, Yashiki and Tarumi had visited the construction twice earlier than. This time, Yashiki had packed a flashlight inside her car. Her companion introduced batteries and a penlight from the shop the place she labored.
Himi is situated about 13 kilometers from Fushiki Port. Relying on the route taken, their vacation spot, Uozu, is a further 40 to 50 kilometers additional.
Sooner or later in the course of the journey, they stopped at what was then generally known as Kaiomaru Park, a gathering spot for younger individuals situated close to the port.
At round 10:00 p.m., they gassed up the car at a filling station in Uozu. The path to the resort extends by way of the mountains after a stretch on Nationwide Route 8.
They have been final heard from when Takumi wrote through pager to an acquaintance, “We’re in Uozu.”
Two days later, their households reported them lacking. The next March, once they each would have grow to be adults, Toyama Prefectural Police launched their names publicly.
The June 1997 problem of month-to-month journal Gekkan Hokkoku Actus included a narrative on their disappearance.
“Across the deserted constructing, there have been no indicators of something belonging to the victims, corresponding to bloodstains or garments,” the article learn.
A Shukan Josei reporter visited the dilapidated web site final 12 months. After climbing a spiral staircase, he discovered graffiti on the partitions, doorways and pillars. A half-open elevator door led solely to deep, darkish black.
Police interviewed them in January of final 12 months. “A automotive with two ladies dropped from a parking zone into the ocean close to Kaiomaru Park at midnight of a serious vacation in 1996,” one of many witnesses mentioned.
The witness added that once they approached to talk to the ladies, within the driver’s and passenger seats, “the automotive all of the sudden began transferring backwards and fell [into the water].”
When queried about their delay in coming ahead, all three witnesses mentioned they have been “scared.”
Surveys that included using steel detectors and divers have been then carried out. The car was later situated at a depth of about 8 meters. It was raised from the underside on March 4, 2020.
Along with the stays, investigators discovered a bank card for a gasoline station with the identify “Yashiki Megumi.”
The outcomes of DNA analyses on the stays proved to be matches for Yashiki and Takumi.
“Foul play is just not suspected”
The web rumor mill notes that the variety of witnesses matches that of the variety of bosozoku roughnecks from the speculated rape-and-murder incident who’re nonetheless among the many dwelling. The rumor additionally says that the three got here ahead to the police themselves.
Whether or not or not they did, it’s factual that police waited round six years to behave after receiving the data.
When contacted for remark by Shukan Josei, a consultant from a juvenile division of the Toyama Prefectural Police mentioned, “The alleged witnesses have been interviewed a number of occasions. We all know that the automotive fell into the ocean for some purpose, however right now foul play is just not suspected.”
Yashiki’s father has grown weary of the police. “I don’t belief [the witnesses] in any respect,” he mentioned. “I don’t know who they’re. I’ve requested the police however they gained’t inform me.”
He needs the investigation to proceed. “Even so, the police can not do something with out proof,” he mentioned.
Prospects for a decision don’t appear promising. “We’ll examine as wanted sooner or later,” the chief of the Toyama Prefectural Police instructed the journal.