Bodies not yet identified

Youngsters playing in the Hanapepe Valley area made a grisly discovery yesterday afternoon — the decomposing, maggot-filled bodies of two local males who likely died instantaneously of injuries sustained in a single-car crash as long as four days before the find.

A call from a concerned citizen yesterday afternoon led Kaua’i Police Department and Kaua’i Fire Department personnel to the discovery of a vehicle midway down the Hanapepe Valley cliff, below the scenic lookout, county officials said.

The bodies of two local males were found next to the vehicle, and were transported to Wilcox Memorial Hospital for identification, according to Mary Daubert, county public information officer.

Kaua’i police believe that the accident occurred sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning, and that the vehicle was traveling west on Kaumuali’i Highway, ran off the roadway, and plunged down the cliff.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call KPD dispatch at 241-1711, or the KPD Traffic Safety Unit at 2411611, or Crime Stoppers at 241-1887.

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