Police investigating three bodies found across Oahu in separate incidents

Published On: Sep 15 2013 09:30:00 PM HST

A horrific day for the Honolulu Police Department on Sunday.  Three bodies found in separate locations within four hours.
The latest, a shocking discovery at the Mililani Cemetery.

A homicide investigation has been opened after witnesses stumbled on a plastic bag containing a body around 4:40 p.m.

"I found the body...it smelled really bad," said Joseph & Cher Sotelo who found the body hidden behind branches on Mililani Cemetery Road.

The Sotelos say the body appeared to have been beheaded. They say they stumbled upon the body when searching for bottles and cans off the roadway Sunday.

"The body had numerous suspicious injuries," said Capt. Lisa Mann of HPD. "He's (the body) in a garbage bag. The arm is sticking out of the bag and you can see drag marks."

The sex, age and identity of the victim is unknown Sunday evening.

In a separate incident on the Windward side, a body was found along a popular hiking trail just after noon.

According to a detective on the scene, hikers came across a body just off the Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail along the Kaiwi Coastline around 12:30 p.m.

He said the body was found in a cave off of the makai, lighthouse side of the trail.

Firefighters aided police in the transport of the body, airlifting the remains to Sandy Beach using their rescue helicopter.

No information about the body was made available.

Police did not say whether foul play was suspected, but have classified the case as an unattended death.

Also Sunday afternoon, firefighters retrieved the body of a man off Pearl City Peninsula.

The body was found at the end of Lanakila Avenue about 20 feet offshore.

Fire officials the body appeared to be a man in his 60s.

Neighbors said they saw the man fishing earlier today. Later witnesses reported the floating body to authorities.

The victim was pronounced dead by emergency medical officials at the scene.


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