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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, December 17, 2004

Woman's final days a mystery

By Will Hoover
Advertiser Staff Writer

The last time her loved ones saw Jamie Pablico-Davis was on the night of Dec. 3 as she was hurriedly leaving her mother's home at the end of Pua Lane — distraught after a fight with a friend.

Police are asking for information in the death of Jamie Pablico-Davis, whose body was found buried on the North Shore this week. David Leialoha, boyfriend of the dead girl's sister, said that Pablico-Davis fell in with a bad crowd after her boyfriend was imprisoned.

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Eight days later, the decomposed body of the pregnant 20-year-old was found partially buried at a North Shore experimental farm.

Yesterday, as police searched for clues, the woman's relatives, friends and acquaintances struggled to cope with the tragedy.

"I just want to grieve," said the dead woman's mother, Hisae Davis, who said she and her family were too upset to talk about the death. "I loved my daughter very much."

Staff and clients at Palama Settlement — just around the corner from the residence of Pablico-Davis' family — remained stunned by the case, which is being investigated by HPD homicide detectives.

"I've known her and her brother and sister since they were this big," said Rosie Yano, holding her hands about two feet apart. "They were good kids," said Yano, the receptionist at Palama Settlement for the past 27 years. "They just liked to come in and hang around."

Jamie Pablico-Davis
"Jamie, her sister April and I were real close when we were kids," said Pearl Puahi, who hadn't known until yesterday that her former friend was dead. "When we got older, we kind of drifted apart. I hadn't seen Jamie in a while."

Those who knew her described Pablico-Davis as a fun-loving person who had a 1-year-old child and was expecting another baby.

"Jamie was happy-go-lucky," said David Leialoha, 23, boyfriend of Pablico-Davis' 19-year-old sister, April. He said April was taking the death of her sister hard because the two had been especially close.

But he said Pablico-Davis' light-hearted outlook had altered in recent months after she became involved with what he called "the wrong crowd."

Leialoha said he did not feel it was his place to talk in detail about Pablico-Davis' recent troubled life while her family is still grieving and having a tough time accepting what happened. But he did shed some light on the circumstances leading up to Pablico-Davis' death.

Last July her boyfriend began serving time at the O'ahu Community Correctional Center for forgery and auto theft. The break-up of that relationship had been difficult for Pablico-Davis, he said.

"She really loved that guy," he said.

He said her family wasn't sure who she was seeing when she took off during the week, but they pleaded with her to make better decisions and check in with them more often.

Police seek assistance

Anyone with information about the disappearance and death of Jamie Pablico-Davis, 20, may call Honolulu Police homicide investigators at 529-3080 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

"We tried to warn her about the people she was running with," he said. "It was hard for her to come to grips with what was going on with her life. Her boyfriend went to jail. She just fell in with the wrong people.

"I tried to do what I could for her, and keep her with us. But, she's an adult, she makes her own decisions."

Leialoha said the fact that the Honolulu Medical Examiner's office has yet to declare the cause of death has only added to the family's anxiety.

An autopsy was done Monday but the cause and manner of death have not been determined by the medical examiner's office, which needs to conduct more tests, said Susan Siu, the office's lead investigator.

"That's because there's no visible trauma," said HPD homicide detective Kathy Osmond. "No stab wounds, head injuries, bullets, anything that would give an immediate indication."

Osmond said police are seeking information from anyone who might have seen Pablico-Davis in Honolulu or on the North Shore in early December, particularly around Dec. 5, 6 or 7 — the period in which police suspect she died.

Pablico-Davis was reported missing on Dec. 10 and the next day her body was found by a worker at the University of Hawai'i's Waiale'e Livestock Research Farm near Sunset Beach, said Osmond.

Osmond said HPD's homicide detail is conducting the investigation because it automatically gets unattended death cases and also because Pablico-Davis' body was partially buried.

"It's definitely not something she did herself," she said.

Osmond described Pablico-Davis as a slim woman of caucasian/Japanese/Filipino descent, 5 feet tall and weighing 95 pounds. She had long brown hair, brown eyes and tan complexion and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, short denim overalls and black slippers.

Advertiser Staff Writer Mike Gordon contributed to this report.