Cause of death remains unknown in Numila case

Autopsy results yesterday proved inconclusive in providing either cause of death or identification of a female body found decomposing Thursday morning near Nomilu Fishpond on Kaua’i’s South Shore.

So, tissue samples were taken from the body during the autopsy, and were sent to Honolulu and the Mainland for analysis, said Beth Tokioka, the county’s public information officer.

It could take up to two weeks to get toxicology and other results, she said.

A positive identification via dental records may not occur until Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, Tokioka continued.

The area where the body was found, east of the fishpond, is along the South Shore between Numila (near Kalaheo) and Lawa’i Bay, and is private property belonging to Kalaheo families.

The Kauai Police Department investigation continues into the circumstances surrounding the death and discovery of the body.

The location where the body was discovered, in a grassy area east of the fishpond, is near the place of the last known sighting of Lisa Simao, 38, who may have been camping or living at an area near the pond.

Last seen Tuesday, July 23 by a friend she was camping with, she was reported missing Wednesday, July 24, by that male friend after he 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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