Unidentified body found near Palama Pond

An investigation continues today into a case involving the discovery of a body near Palama Pond.

Kauai Police Department detectives were called to Numila, near Kalaheo, early yesterday morning, after a person discovered a body in a grassy area east of Palama Pond (Nomilu Fishpond).

According to detectives, the body appears to be that of a woman. However, when it was discovered, it was in an advanced stage of decomposition.

The identity of the person is unknown at this time. Identification will most likely take place through dental records, according to KPD Assistant Chief Gordon Isoda.

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed today. Police yesterday would not speculate as to the identity of the body or cause of death.

The location of the body, though, is near the place of the last known sighting of Lisa Simao, 38, who may have been camping at or living at a campsite near the pond.

Last seen Tuesday, July 23 by a friend she was camping with near the pond, she was reported missing Wednesday, July 24, after the friend returned to the campsite and Simao wasn’t there.

Originally from Kalaheo but homeless in recent times, Simao is still officially listed a missing person by KPD.

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