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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Hula dancer, 16, reported missing

HILO, Hawai'i — Big Island police yesterday asked for the public's help locating a 16-year-old hula dancer from California who participated in the Merrie Monarch Festival.

Lanette Leilani Monroe of Torrance was last seen by her parents Saturday night as she performed at the hula competition. She reportedly left to attend a meeting with her dance troupe at about 9 p.m. at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and has not been seen since.

She is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, about 120 pounds with a slim build, brown eyes and long light-brown hair.

Anyone with information should call officer Reed Mahuna at (808) 961-2213, or the police nonemergency number at (808) 935-3311.

Hiker finds skull in Kane'ohe

The city medical examiner's office is working to identify a skull found by a hiker Saturday night in Kane'ohe.

The 49-year-old hiker came across the skull near H-3 at about 7 p.m., police said.

The case has been referred to the police missing persons detail, which submitted the skull for forensic tests, said Susan Siu, chief investigator at the medical examiner's office.

'Opihi-picking fatality identified

An 'opihi picker who died after being swept from a rocky shoreline in Hale'iwa on Saturday night has been identified as Kenisali Sataua of Salt Lake. He was 51.

Sataua was collecting the limpets with his wife and nephew at about 7:10 p.m. when a wave swept him out to sea. Police said he slipped and struck his head on the rocks.

Fire officials said the nephew swam out and brought Sataua to shore, where rescue crews tried unsuccessfully to revive him. He was pronounced dead at Wahiawa General Hospital.

Pizza delivery worker robbed

A pizza delivery worker was robbed Friday night while stopped at a Salt Lake intersection.

The 22-year-old woman was at the corner of Ala 'Ilima and Ala Napunani streets at 7:09 p.m. when two men approached the car. One man removed the magnetic Pizza Hut sign, while the other stuck what appeared to be a small handgun to her neck, police said.

She was told to exit the car, and the men took cash from her pockets, police said. The woman told detectives she was ordered to drive on and the men fled on Ala 'Ilima toward Moanalua High School.