A 17-year-old girl who has been missing since July 13 was found unharmed on Thursday on the premises of a Shinto shrine in Mobara, Chiba Prefecture.
Sayaka Nakagawa was taken to hospital for a check-up, police said, adding that there was no indication she had been abducted, NHK reported
Nakagawa was reported missing by her family on July 13, two days after she was last seen. A 30-strong police squad searched a nearby mountain forest for three days but turned up no leads.
On Thursday, a gardener at the shrine saw Nakagawa shortly after noon and notified police who brought her parents along to identify her. Police said Nakagawa, who was still wearing her school uniform, was malnourished.
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