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Okinawa NPO chief found stabbed to death

Shizue Ueta
Shizue Ueta
OKINAWA (TR) – With the director of a non-profit organization found stabbed to death in her home in Okinawa City on Thursday afternoon, Okinawa Prefectural Police have launched a murder investigation, reports the Sankei Shimbun (April 9).

At 12:50 p.m., the collapsed body of Shizue Ueta, 63, was discovered by her oldest daughter in the living room of the second-floor residence they shared in the Takahara area. The victim was bleeding from a single stab wound to the lower back.

The first floor of the building is used as an office by Support Center Yumesaki, an NPO headed by Ueta that offers assistance for children struggling in school.

An exterior stairway allows for access to the residence on the second floor. The daughter, 23, had encountered her mother in the bedroom at midnight. At 12:30 p.m., she entered the living room and found her mother lying face down.

Police have not found any traces of a struggle or that a robbery took place, according to Nippon News Network (April 9). The murder weapon has not yet been located.