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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Autopsy finds cuffed Marine wasn't shot

By Allison Schaefers
Advertiser Staff Writer

Investigators now say the Marine whose body washed ashore Saturday on Coconut Island in Kane'ohe Bay wasn't shot, but they aren't any closer to solving the mystery of his death.

Sgt. David Xiong's body was found Saturday.
A cause of death hasn't been determined for Sgt. David Xiong, 24, whose body was found by island security workers.

Although it first was reported that there were gunshot wounds to Xiong's body, investigators now say the wounds were made by marine organisms, and that there was no trauma to the body.

Investigators also say Xiong was handcuffed.

At the time of his death, Xiong was wearing a gray T-shirt, white knee-length shorts, a black-leather belt and black Vans sandals, police said.

The medical examiner's office performed an autopsy on Xiong's body Monday, but deferred a decision on the cause of death pending more test results, a spokesman said.

Anyone with information may contact detective James Anderson at 529-3356 or call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.