Yesuah Boerstler died on Maui last year.
Victim's mom upset at unsolved death
Yesuah Boerstler was found by a Maui road a year ago this week
WAILUKU » A year after the unsolved killing of 18-year-old musician Yesuah Boerstler near the Pauwela Lighthouse, his mother still has questions about his death and criticizes the investigation by Maui police.
"There have been several rumors consistently describing that there was definitely a fight, and yet no witnesses have come forward," Fatima Negron said yesterday. "It's all a very weird mystery."
Negron and Boerstler's friends are scheduled to hold an "awareness music fest" at Life's a Beach Restaurant & Bar in Kihei from 4 to 9 p.m. tomorrow.
Police said Boerstler, a member of a punk rock band, attended a birthday party at Pauwela Lighthouse on the night of July 26, 2006.
A jogger found him lying unresponsive on the side of a road at Pauwela the next morning. He died at Maui Memorial Medical Center a day later.
Negron said police investigators were slow to examine whether there were fingerprints on a cup held by her son at the time of his death and that when the cup was examined, only smudge marks were visible.
"It took them a whole year. ... Why did they wait such a long time?" she asked.
She said toxicology tests showed her son was not highly intoxicated.
Negron said she heard rumors that he had been hit by the opened door of a truck and was dragged and run over by the vehicle.
Police Lt. John Jakubczak said investigators have interviewed more than 100 people and followed many leads. "But nothing came of it," he said.
Jakubczak said he was not involved directly in the investigation and knows nothing about the cup and fingerprints. He said police consider the case open.
Anyone with information about the case should call police, Jakubczak said. Police investigators can be reached by calling (808) 244-6425.