The body of a teen stowaway was found in the wheel well of a
The victim, described as an "adolescent black male, possibly of African origins," was found during a routine inspection of a C-130J military aircraft at Ramstein Air Base, according to a statement issued by the
Lt. Col. Vanessa Hillman, a Defense Department spokeswoman, told the Los Angeles Times that the aircraft had been on a support mission in Africa and had stopped in several countries during the last few days.
It was not clear where or when the teen climbed in, and the cause of death was not immediately known, Hillman said.
"We have no way of knowing, right now, at what point the child entered the plane," she said.
The teen's body has been taken to a German medical facility for an autopsy.