Rina Shimabukuro’s alleged murderer is a former US Marine working in Okinawa

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 9.11.39 PMWatching the news this morning of Caroline Kennedy, America’s ambassador to Japan, dressed in black to recognize the alleged murder of the 20 year-old Rina Shimabukuro in Okinawa by a military-related employee on a military base in Okinawa, Caroline Kennedy and the American sitting to her left also dressed in black, looked incredibly somber. Yesterday, I posted this story of the alleged culprit of this murder as an American related to the military. He may be a Japanese-American.

After watching the news this morning, the alleged murderer’s name was given and sounded American-Japanese. He also has a Japanese wife and a baby that was recently born. The suspect might be a Japanese-American identified as Kenneth Franklin Shinzato working for the US military in Okinawa. He was also identified as a former US Marine. What kind of circumstances did this guy find himself in with this 20 year-old Japanese female Rina Shimabukuro, that he apparently murdered her?  The suspect is 32 years-old and the victim 20. This guy has a wife and a newly born child and he’s getting involved with a 20 year-old girl?
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Source The Asahi Shimbun

Okinawa base worker held in connection with missing woman

May 19, 2016

Rina ShimabukuroRina Shimabukuro (Provided by Okinawa prefecture police)

NAHA–A civilian worker at a U.S. military base was arrested May 19 on suspicion of abandoning a body believed to be a 20-year-old woman who disappeared in late April.

The identity of the 32-year-old suspect was not released.

The body was found on May 19 in the mountains of Kin, Okinawa Prefecture, according to Okinawa prefecture police.

They suspect the body is Rina Shimabukuro, from Uruma, Okinawa Prefecture, who has not been heard from since 8 p.m. on April 28, when she sent a short message to her live-in boyfriend, saying she was going for a walk.

Shimabukuro’s family reported her missing to police the following day.

Using information transmitted from her smartphone, police confirmed her last location was about 1 or 2 kilometers from her home. A check of security camera footage and witness accounts led police to the suspect, who was driving in the area around the time Shimabukuro was last seen.

Police asked the man to voluntarily submit his car for analysis. They also searched the area near where he had driven the car.

Investigators believed Shimbukuro might have been involved in an accident or fallen victim to a crime after they found her wallet and car at her home.

Police have been openly searching for her since May 12.

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