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Thursday, June 8, 2000

By Kathryn Bender, Star-Bulletin
Police recreated the skull of an Asian woman
believed to be murdered several years ago.

Police hope to ID
skull found in ’98

By Rosemarie Bernardo


Police are asking for the public's help in identifying an Asian woman who may have been murdered several years ago.

Police forensic artists reconstructed the woman's face from a skull discovered in Mokuleia on Oct. 23, 1998. The skull and some bones were found a half-mile from Camp Erdman in a brushy area on the mauka side of Farrington Highway near a well-used hunting and hiking trail.

The woman is between 30-40 years old. Not enough bones were recovered to determine her height and weight, police said.

Her skull was found about 20 feet away from "a shallow grave," where her leg and rib bones were found. The remains initially were thought to have been buried more than 50 years ago.

But further examination turned up a gold filling in a tooth, signifying a more recent death, said Homicide Lt. William Kato. It's still not known how old the remains are but "it could've been fairly recent,"he said.

Police have classified the case an unattended death until more evidence is found. However, it appeared someone buried or attempted to bury the body, Kato said. There are no signs of trauma on the skull.

In anyone has information about the woman, call police at 529-3115. She does not fit the profile of anyone missing or any unsolved homicide cases, Kato said.

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