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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 16, 2002

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Honolulu man dies from 35-foot fall

A 33-year-old Honolulu man died at The Queen's Medical Center Tuesday after a failed attempt about 4 p.m. Sunday to jump from a rooftop to a pool.

The city medical examiner identified him as Michael Bugdin and said he died after a 35-foot fall to the cement pool deck. Police said the accident happened at the Hawaii Tennis Academy, formerly known as the Maunalua Bay Club, at 5275 Kalaniana'ole Highway.

Decomposed body still unidentified

The city medical examiner is working to identify a man whose decomposed and partially burned body was found Tuesday night near Kea'au Beach Park.

A man called Wai'anae district police about 7 p.m. after he discovered the body near the bushes on the makai side of Farrington Highway, about one-fifth of a mile west of the park.

Homicide detectives have been assigned because the body had been burned. Police are awaiting more identifying information to link the body with a missing persons report, said Officer Joe Self of the missing persons detail.

The examinatmntal records for identification of the body, which is reduced to skeletal remains in some areas, said Susan Siu, the medical examiners' lead investigator.