Police identify body in Wainiha

WAINIHA — The body recovered near Kuhio Highway in Wainiha on Tuesday has been identified as 40-year-old Govinda Jaya Bonderov.

According to a statement from the Kaua‘i Police Department, Bonderov’s body was discovered near his SUV on Kuhio Highway just north of the Lumaha‘i Bridge.

Police closed Kuhio Highway in both directions between the Lumaha‘i Bridge and the Wainiha General store late Tuesday morning. It remained closed through mid afternoon when the body was removed to the mortuary.

Police have classified this incident as an unattended death. An autopsy was conducted Wednesday to help determine the cause of Bonderov’s death. The statement said that more information would be released as it becomes available.


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