Kauai police ID man in murder-suicide


POSTED: Thursday, February 25, 2010

The 38-year-old man and the 43-year-old female victim in an apparent murder-suicide on Kauai were married, but not to each other, said a Kauai police assistant chief.

“;We would not want to speculate on their relationship,”; Assistant Chief Roy Asher said.

The bodies were discovered Tuesday morning at a home on Pali Uli Lane in Lawai. Police were notified shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday, said Mary Daubert, Kauai County spokeswoman.

Police identified the man whose body was found as 38-year-old Duane Bukoski, who lived on Pali Uli Lane.

Police would not reveal the manner of death for either person, but said a weapon was found.

Asher said the woman's family has been notified of her death, but the family had not identified her body as of yesterday afternoon.

The Rev. Matt Higa of New Hope Christian Fellowship Kauai said, “;It's very, very highly likely it was her”;—Clara Kaneshiro of Kapaa, who had been missing since Monday night. He confirmed her truck was found Tuesday morning.

Kaneshiro was an active member of the Kapaa church, and she is named in the church directory, although she held no title. Her husband and son are members of the congregation and her daughter has also attended the church in the past.

“;She was special, a gift from God,”; Higa said. “;Regardless of what the situation presents itself, she was a blessing to the people of Kauai. So many people will miss her. We were just honored for the time that we got to know her.”;

Higa said she was very involved in the community. “;She helped the needy and the schools. She always extended herself to help the needy. She's going to be missed, not just by the church but by the whole island.”;

Higa cautioned about jumping to conclusions on the circumstances of her death.

“;There's just so many assumptions,”; he said. “;People may make conclusions without all the facts, and that has by no means any bearing on who she was and what she did. She's just a great individual.”;

A community member, who asked not to be named because Kaneshiro had not been officially identified, said: “;She's a hard worker. She loved everybody. She embraced everybody. She's just a loving kind of person.”;

Kaneshiro was also an active, grass-roots volunteer for Lt. Gov. James “;Duke”; Aiona's gubernatorial campaign on Kauai, a campaign spokesman confirmed.

Kauai police urged anyone with information about the case to call Detective James Kurasaki at 246-8101, police dispatch, 241-1711, or CrimeStoppers, 241-1887.