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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 11:29 a.m., Monday, December 8, 2003

Woman may have identified her killer

By Rod Ohira
Advertiser Staff Writer

A woman reportedly identified the person who stabbed her yesterday at Ulehawa Beach Park in Nanakuli to witnesses before being taken to the Wai'anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, where she died.

Police arrested a 39-year-old man on suspicion of stabbing the woman based on information provided by witnesses, homicide Lt. Bill Kato said today.

The man was inside the woman’s tent and was covered with blood, police said. However, no weapon has been recovered.

The woman and the man being held by police were acquainted, Kato said.

Witnesses told police the two moved to Ulehawa Beach Park late last week from another beach site on the Wai'anae Coast. They heard the woman and a man arguing for about 15 minutes shortly after she returned to her tent at about 4 a.m. yesterday, said Kato. The woman was later heard screaming at the man and was seen staggering out of her tent shortly before 6 a.m.

The woman walked to Farrington Highway and collapsed on the shoulder of the roadway. It was there that she told witnesses who stabbed her, Kato said. She was pronounced dead at the hospital at 7:25 a.m.

Police tentatively have identified the woman but are waiting for confirmation from the medical examiner’s office.

Reach Rod Ohira at 535-8181 or rohira@honoluluadvertiser.com