Officials recover body at Kadena
KADENA, Okinawa — Prefectural police are investigating the death of a Japanese man pulled from the water at Kadena Marina on Tuesday afternoon.
A servicemember in the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Kadena Air Base, discovered the body floating face down in the Air Force-operated marina at 2:45 p.m.
An Okinawa police spokesman said the man was wearing clothing that suggested he could be a fisherman.
Identification found on the body said he was a 56-year-old Okinawa resident. The name on the identification was not released.
The man’s car was found parked near the Marina, police said.
“We have yet to determine how long he had been in the water, or if he fell in the water near where he was found, or if the current took his body there from somewhere else,” a police spokesman said.
Police are investigating, but believe it possible he was fishing by himself and fell into the water for an undetermined reason, he said.
Air Force officials and local authorities declared the man dead at the scene.
His body was taken to a hospital for an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday.
“After verifying the identity of the individual, base authorities turned over jurisdiction to the local police,” said Sayaka Uechi, media relations specialist for 18th Wing Public Affairs.
— Chiyomi Sumida contributed to this report.