Missing university student asked for directions to man’s home on day of disappearance

Police in Tokyo, investigating the disappearance of 19-year-old female university student, are questioning a man in his 30s over her whereabouts.
According to police, after attending morning classes at her university in Tokyo on Nov 20 last year, the woman headed to Kamisu City in Ibaraki Prefecture, Sankei Shimbun reported. After getting off the train at JR Kashimajingu Station, she took a taxi and got out at a nearby convenience store.
Shortly afterward, residents living in the neighborhood of the man being questioned said the woman inquired about his address. She said she had come that far from her memory but seemed to have lost her way. The residents said that after being told where the man lived, she headed off on foot in the direction of his apartment.
The student, who lives in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward, has not been heard from since. She stopped sending text messages to her family and friends at around 11 p.m. that night.
Police began questioning the man on Saturday on a voluntary basis. Police quoted him as saying “I did meet a female university student in front of my apartment building but she immediately left.”
However, when asked how he became acquainted with the missing student and the circumstances on the day she disappeared, the man has reportedly been giving vague responses.

© Japan Today
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