31 May 2016: A Japanese seven year old boy Yamato Tanooka went missing since Saturday after his parents abandoned him in the forest as punishment. The rescuers team is on a search for the boy for the fourth day but to its dismay, there were no clues about the whereabouts of the boy in the bear-inhabitant forest that have infuriated the people.
The search continued on the northern island of Hokkaido in Japan by more than 100 rescuers, police and local officials who was joined by the two hunters. The teams are finding difficult to trace the boy as there were lack of clues. Later, they have found a fresh bear droppings in the area that worsen concerns for the boy’s safety.
According the source, The parents told the police official that, on Saturday the family came to a park near the forest on the mountain side, since the boy was misbehaving throwing stones at cars and the people, the parents ask the boy to leave out of the car.
Yamato was left out of the car bounded with thick mountains on both the side of the road. The parents alleged that the boy went missing while they were hiking to gather wild vegetables in the forest but they quickly returned and they found their child was missing. Later, the parents admitted that, they left the boy in the forest as punishment.
“The rescuers have too little information about how the boy would have acted after he was being left alone”, said the local fire department rescuer Satoshi Saito expressing frustration at the lack of progress so far through a telephonic call to AFP.
According to the source, Many worried about the boy all alone in the forest reportedly without food or water since four days as heavy rain fell overnight. The boy was wearing a black jacket, navy blue pants and red snickers when he disappeared.
The police said that they will look into filing a case against the parents on charges of negligence against the minor child, according to the Kyodo News.