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Missing boy in Yamaguchi Pref. found, taken to hospital

A search team of police investigators look for 2-year-old Yoshiki Fujimoto, in Suo-oshima, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Aug. 13, 2018. (Mainichi)

SUO-OSHIMA, Yamaguchi -- Two-year-old Yoshiki Fujimoto, who went missing here on Aug. 12, was discovered at roughly 7 a.m. on Aug. 15, and was rushed to a hospital in Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture. He was conscious and had no external injuries.

    According to Yanai Police Station, Yoshiki was found in the mountains north of his 90-year-old great-grandfather's home, where his family was visiting for the summer "Bon" holidays. A search volunteer from another prefecture found the boy, and handed the boy over to police officers.

    Yoshiki left his great-grandfather's house at around 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 12 with his grandfather, 66, and 3-year-old brother to go to the ocean roughly 400 meters from the house. After traveling about 100 meters, Yoshiki said he did not want to go to the ocean, and turned back toward the house by himself.

    Yoshiki's grandfather saw that he took a different path from the one that they had walked, but checked to make sure that the boy arrived in front of the house beside his great-grandfather's. His grandfather apparently thought the boy's mother and the others following after them would spot the boy.

    However, Yoshiki's 37-year-old mother was delayed in departing for the ocean, and did not run into Yoshiki. Prefectural police and firefighters had been searching for the boy's whereabouts since Aug. 12.

    (Japanese original by Hinako Banno, Yamaguchi Bureau, and Ryoji Koga, Iwakuni Local Bureau)

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