By Travis J. Tritten
Copyright 2014 Stars and Stripes
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.
She hopes her visit will help revive the investigation that she worries will go cold and be forgotten about.
Another meeting with Japanese police and talks with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service are planned.
Prefecture police said this month they are still uncertain why Carnero was in the Tomari neighborhood of Naha — about 12 miles from Camp Foster — where he died and from where he fell. He was discovered between two multi-story buildings and near a utility pole.
There are no witnesses to indicate foul play in the case, but police said they have not ruled it out.