Murder victim was from Maui

TGI Staff WriterBy DENNIS WILKEN

LIHU’E-The Kaua`i Police Department announced Friday that the woman found

murdered at Pakala Beach Wednesday was Daren R. Singer of Maui.

The

official cause of death, confirmed Friday after an autopsy performed at Wilcox

Memorial Hospital, was homicide.

Singer, 43, suffered multiple stab wounds,

according to authorities.

She was in Kaua`i surfing and had evidently been

camping alone, police said.

Her corpse was found about 20 feet from the

water line, obscured by a sand knoll.

Singer is the third diminutive

Caucasian woman to be stabbed on the west side of Kaua`i since April 7, when

the partially nude body of Lisa Bissell, 38, was discovered in a ditch at

Polihale State Park.

A 52-year old Kekaha woman was also attacked in May.

She suffered multiple stab wounds during an attack which she survived.

A

composite police sketch of her assailant, published in The Garden Island after

that attack and again today, stems from police interviews with the

victim.

Reaction from community leaders after this week’s murder was

swift.

“We’re certainly very concerned with the recent slayings,” Mayor

Maryanne Kusaka said Friday afternoon.”We need to let the public know that we

have assigned detectives to the case, along with 10 other officers to provide

administrative and logistic support.”

Kusaka also confirmed what police

chief George Freitas said Thursday at a press conference about the

homicide.

“We’ll be canvassing on horseback and patrolling neighborhoods on

bicycles. We need to put an end to this awful tragedy. We’re all very stunned

and extremely concerned,” she said.

In the midst of their investigation,

police authorities also had to squelch a rumor yesterday. Calls to The Garden

Island and county government offices inquired about talk early Friday afternoon

that another body had been discovered in Kekaha.

Police quickly said the

rumor was not true and asked for the public’s cooperation in not contacting the

police dispatcher for confirmations or denials of this and other

rumors.

Staff writer Dennis Wilken can be reached at 245-3681 (ext.

252) and [dwilken@pulitzer.net]

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