Body of Maui woman found

MAKAWELI – Kaua`i Police have begun a homicide investigation into the death of

a woman whose decomposed body was found by her campsite in the Pakala area

Wednesday afternoon.

The victim was identified as a 43-year-old woman from

Maui. Lt. Bill Ching, who heads KPD’s Adult Investigations Section, said the

woman’s name will be released after police have contacted family members about

her death.

Ching said the victim was Caucasian and of slight build.


other victims of brutal crimes in West Kaua’i this year also were Caucasian and

of slight build.

The cause of death is unknown, but an autopsy is scheduled

to be held at Wilcox Hospital today, Ching said.

Kaua’i police were called

Wednesday afternoon to the vicinity of Pakala Beach by a Westside resident who

reported a “non-responsive” female.

By that evening, what police discovered

was being called a “possible homicide,” said inspector Melvin Morris.


asked if there was any connection between this incident and the still-unsolved

murder of 38-year-old Lisa Bissell of Hanapepe in April, Morris declined


“It would be premature to say anything. My people are out there

and I’m on my way,” Morris said yesterday.

The body was discovered

approximately 10 miles southeast of where Bissell’s corpse was found in an

irrigation ditch about a mile east of Polihale State Park on April 7.


May 22, a 52-year-old Kekaha woman was stabbed and battered while fighting off

an attacker. That crime is also still unsolved. The victim described her

attacker as “a local male.”

Bissell and the 52-year-old victim were

slightly built, Caucasian and middle-aged.

This would be the third

homicide on Kaua`i in the past five months. In addition to Bissell, 48-year-old

Jeff Brisbois was shot while he slept on a mattress in his Waniha home June


Matthew Blankswade, 21, is charged with the murder of Brisbois and

remains in the Kaua`i Community Correctional Center in lieu of bail. His trial

is slated for late November.

Staff writer Lester Chang contributed to

this article


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