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Possible murder victim Found; 3 men involved

Date Posted: 2004-10-07

Three men are in jail, charged with dumping a woman’s body over a cliff after an argument.

The decomposed body of Chiemi Shimabukuro, 45, was found September 30 at the base of a cliff.

The three, Seitoku Miyagi, 49, Yoshihide Taichi, 38, and Setsuko Nakanishi, 43, were arrested on suspicion of abandoning the body of 45-year-old Chiemi Shimabukuro. Murder charges are unclear, because police say they cannot determine the cause of death because of the body being badly decomposed.

Nakanishi denies any involvement in the woman’s death, while Taichi says the woman “panicked and fell over while we were arguing at my home.” He said she never regained consciousness. Police say the three then conspired to dump her body off the Miyagi Island cliff sometime between mid-September, when the murder is thought to have taken place, and the end of the month, when the body was found.

Police identified Shimabukuro's identity her belongings. There were reportedly few external wounds on her body.

After the body was found, police on October 2nd received a report saying that a bad smell was coming from a vehicle near Henza fishing port, about three kilometers away from where Shimabukuro's body was found. The car belonged to Taichi. When police questioned Miyagi, who was acquainted with Taichi, he reportedly said, "We transported the body in the trunk and dumped it at the bottom of the cliff."

Shimabukuro had been reported missing from her home in Okinawa on Sept. 19, and her mother filed a search request with police on Sept. 26. Police say the victim and the two suspects reportedly sometimes drank together at parks and other places.

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