October 29th, 2012
05:25 AM ET

U.S. sailor found dead at train station in Japan

A U.S. Navy sailor has been found dead with a head injury at a Japanese train station, local police said Monday.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Samuel Lewis Stiles was discovered surrounded by seven or eight alcoholic drink cans on the platform in Haiki Station in Nagasaki Prefecture at 5 a.m. Sunday, Haiki police said.

The death, which police say they are investigating as either an accident or a crime, comes at a delicate time for the U.S. military in Japan after two U.S. sailors were arrested earlier this month on accusations they raped a local woman.

That case provoked an angry reaction from Japanese officials, and the U.S. military responded by imposing a curfew on its troops in Japan. The curfew restricted military personnel to bases, personal homes or hotels between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The time at which Stiles's body was found suggests he may have been out in breach of this curfew.

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  1. kenney

    Drunkered dummy

    October 29, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. vancouverislandpsychosis

    OK, he was "surrounded by 7 or 8 alcoholic drink cans? Hmm that doesn't seem like a staged death to me at all.

    November 3, 2012 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |