Okinawa police: Ex-U.S. Marine admits to stabbing woman reported missing

Kenneth Shinzato
Kenneth Shinzato

OKINAWA (TR) – Investigative sources with the Okinawa Prefectural Police revealed on Friday that a former member of the U.S. Marine Corp has admitted to stabbing a woman who had gone missing earlier this month, reports Fuji News Network (May 20).

Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, a 32-year-old former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, told police that he stabbed Rina Shimabukuro, a resident of Uruma City, with a knife. On Thursday, police found Shimabukuro’s body in a grove of trees in the village of Onna. Her clothing had a number of holes consistent with a stabbing, police said.

The location of her body was revealed during questioning of Shinzato, a resident of the town of Yonabaru. Police subsequently arrested the former Marine on charges of abandoning a corpse. “I dumped her motionless body in the trees,” the suspect is quoted by police in admitting the charges.

At around 8:00 p.m. on April 28, Shimabukuro, a company employee, informed her boyfriend via the smartphone application Line that she was headed out for a walk. After she did not return, her boyfriend reported her missing with police the following day.

During the investigation, police learned that Shimabukuro’s smartphone stopped transmitting data between one and three kilometers from her residence, an area that includes a number of factories. A Line message sent by her boyfriend was confirmed as read by her phone about four hours after her last correspondence.

After an examination of security camera footage in the area at the time of her disappearance, the vehicle belonging to Shinzato, who is currently a civilian employed at Kadena Air Base, came under scrutiny. Police began examining the vehicle of Shinzato on Wednesday.

On Thursday, police said that a DNA analysis of material taken from Shinzato’s vehicle proved to be a match with that of Shimabukuro. Some of the material found in the vehicle included blood.

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  1. Since 2005, this is the 3rd time a Japanese national was murdered by a black SOFA personnel. Two in Yokosuka and now Okinawa. Also, the rape of a 12 year old Japanese girl on Okinawa was committed by 3 black SOFA personnel.

  2. Dont pay his comment any attention. No matter what facts and figures you present this individual has already made his opinion. Remember ignorance is bliss.

    • He presented facts and figures… You didn’t. His comment is compelling and he has a point. You seem to be blissfully ignorant.

      • Gregory Gumo would disagree…but why actually look something up when it doesn’t fit your racists sterotypes right..?

  3. As an American, I’m so sorry. I went to Japan couple times and I was always impressed with your graciousness and civility. Crime, especially from certain segment of our society is a big problem in the US and we are surely shameful to export that to you. Apology.

  4. Hope he gets what’s coming to him! Lived in Japan most of my child hood as a navy brat. And what this individual did was messed up and increase anti-American movement there. I think that japan is is great place and always saw japan as my second home. Condolences to the woman’s family for the injustice this man had done to them.

    • They are not anti-American hatred, it’s anti-U.S. Military rhetoric they target on. If they can tie it to a U.S. Base…then they are going to voice the issue. For example, an American working in Japan a Japanese School (Japanese English Teacher) confessed to molesting a 13-yr old Japanese student and was found guilty of the incident. He was not affiliated with U.S. Base or no ties to the Military, so it was swept under the rug. Nobody heard much about that because it doesn’t make for good “Base Closure or Anti-Military” campaign, so it feel to the wayside.

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