Police are investigating the discovery of a woman's body in a Dumpster in Waikiki as an unattended death, according to Honolulu Police Department spokeswoman Teresa Bell.
Nearby residents say police converged on a public parking lot near the intersection of the Ena Road and Hobron Lane before 7 a.m. The green Dumpster where the woman's body was found services the Hawaiian Colony apartments. However, the parking area is not connected to the three-story condo, which also serves as a hostel.
Although the Dumpster is visible from many high-rises that border the parking lot, police won't say if a witness has come forward.
Hawaiian Colony resident Regina Acasia said she deposited her garbage inside the Dumpster at about 5:30 a.m., but didn't see much out of the ordinary. She said the woman's body was found by her resident manager.
"I only noticed there was an empty (space), like that big empty, (and) about that long," said Acasia, as she held out her arms to describe the space inside the Dumpster.
Pauline Buckley, who lives in the the Kalia condominium across the street from the parking lot, says she heard what appeared to be a shouting match between a man and a woman as she walked on Ena Road at about 6:30 a.m. It's unknown if the confrontation had anything to do with the woman's death.
"I heard a male voice," said Buckley. "He wasn't visually out in the street, but she was. She was out there picking things up in the street. She had to scream up to him."
Residents say loitering late at night or in the early morning is prevalent near a rock wall adjacent to the parking area, and prostitution and drug dealing is common.
Bell said an autopsy may help determine how the woman died.
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