Dental records used to identify decomposed body

The body of a woman found Aug. 1 East of Numila has been identified as that of Lisa Simao.

An autopsy was performed on Aug. 2 but the cause of death could not be determined because of an advanced state of decomposition. Simao’s body was identified this week through dental records.

Simao, 38, was last seen at her campsite near Palama Pond (Nomilu Fishpond) on July 23, when a friend of Simao’s left her at the campsite. When he returned several hours later he realized she wasn’t there, and Simao was reported missing to KPD on July 24.

On July 25, KPD asked the public for assistance in locating Simao. Simao, originally from Kalaheo, was reportedly homeless in recent times.

The body was found east of Palama Pond, which is a private property between Numila and Lawa’i Bay that belongs to several Kaua’i families.

Tissue samples have been sent to labs in Honolulu and the Mainland for toxicology testing, and results are expected in approximately two weeks.

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