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US sailor found dead at public park near Sasebo Naval Base

Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David R. Krigbaum gives a presentation on World War I Choctaw code talkers onboard Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo Nov. 21, 2018. The presentation was held as part of a Sasebo Multicultural Committee drive to raise awareness for Native American Heritage Month. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Geoffrey P. Barham/Released)

A U.S. sailor has been found dead at a public park near Sasebo Naval Base in southwestern Japan, local police and a base spokesman said Friday.

The body of the sailor, identified only as a male, was found just before midnight Thursday in a park in Sasebo’s Hirase area, near the base, according to Nagasaki prefectural police.

Police and Navy security personnel discovered the body, said a police spokesman, who did not provide further information on the sailor’s identity.

Police are investigating the cause of death, according to a statement from base spokesman Aki Nichols.

“We are fully cooperating with the Sasebo police who have jurisdiction in this investigation,” Nichols wrote via Facebook Messenger to Stars and Stripes. “Our greatest sympathies go to the family of the service member and all who are affected by this tragic incident.”

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