Police try to ID body found in Kipahulu

Police were trying to identify a man whose body was found Wednesday in a streambed off Pipiwai Trail in the Kipahulu region of Haleakala National Park.

Hikers reported finding the body to the National Park Service, which called police at about 1:30 p.m., said Lt. William Hankins, commander of the Hana Patrol District.

No identification was found on the body, which was decomposed and appeared to have been there for a couple of days, he said. Police were working with the Park Service to try to identify the body.

Police officers, rangers and firefighters hiked into the area. A rescue crew aboard the Fire Department’s Air One helicopter recovered the body, which was taken to the Hana Medical Center before being transported to the police Forensic Facility in Wailuku.

There were no signs of foul play, Hankins said. The investigation is classified as an unattended death.

An autopsy is pending.

COMMENTS