Body found in Kalalau identified

KALALAU — Police identified a man whose body was recovered from Kalalau Valley earlier this month as 43-year-old Sean Michael Rollnick, who reportedly lived on Kauai on and off for several years, but did not have a permanent address.

About 9 a.m. June 11, lifeguards were notified of a body near the shoreline of Kalalau Beach. Hanalei lifeguards on Jet Ski responded and confirmed that the body of an unknown Caucasian male was located along a remote portion of the rocky shoreline, according to a county news release.

The body was recovered by Rescue 3 aboard Air 1 then transported to Wilcox Hospital.

An autopsy performed last week determined that the cause of death was multiple blunt force trauma consistent with falling from a cliff. Officers do not suspect foul play.

There was no identification found with the body and at the time it was recovered there was no missing person report that matched the man’s description.

A few days later, a friend of Rollnick notified police to report him missing as he had not seen or heard from him since, June 8.

Earlier this week, Kauai police identified the body as that of Rollnick through fingerprint analysis. Detectives then notified Rollnick’s next of kin.

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The Garden Island

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