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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, February 3, 2006

Body retrieved from Hilo river

Advertiser Staff

HILO, Hawai'i Fire rescue workers yesterday recovered the body of a 29-year-old woman who disappeared into the Wailuku River here on Sunday and apparently drowned.

Rescue workers sent divers into the river and used a helicopter to search by air over four days after Jan C. Callahan was swept away by the current about 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

She was last seen near Pe'epe'e Falls in the Pi'ihonua area of the Big Island. Her body was found about 2 p.m. yesterday slightly downstream near Boiling Pots.

Callahan had moved to the Big Island from Utah just days before the accident to take a position as an athletic trainer at Kea'au High School.


A 43-year-old Halawa man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after bystanders prevented him from making off with a purse he allegedly stole from a 46-year-old woman as she waited with her family at a city bus stop near Aloha Stadium.

Officers arrested the man on suspicion of second-degree robbery. The purse was returned to the woman with its contents intact, police said.

Correction: Pe'epe'e Falls is in the Pi'ihonua area on the Big Island. Information in a previous version of a brief contained incorrect information.