MFFJ Curated News: Mother searches for answers in Okinawa Marine's death

Lance Cpl. Manuel Carnero with his mother Angela Carnero. Manuel Carnero was found dead in an alleyway in November on Okinawa.

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Angela Carnero never wanted to return to Okinawa this way.

Last fall, the 52-year-old New Jersey woman came to the island to visit her only son, Lance Cpl. Manuel B. Carnero. She arrived at an Okinawa police station on Monday to press authorities for answers in his unsolved death.

The 23-year-old Marine was found lying in a narrow Naha city alley just after dawn on Nov. 14, 2013, his body shattered and bleeding profusely. He was still wearing the dress shirt and shoes from a date the evening before.

Investigation of the off-base incident has fallen to Japanese police who say he died of blood loss — his pelvis was broken — after a high fall. But many details remain unknown, and the case appears to have gone cold over the past three months, according to the family and the Okinawa prefecture police.

“It is very difficult for me to come back to the place where my son died … but I need the reason,” Angela Carnero said. Read more

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