Body in Po‘ipu believed to be missing woman

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Police Department responded to reports of a lifeless body near The Shops at Kukui‘ula late Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday, the police tentatively identified the body as Joddielynn Taylor, age 54, of Koloa.

“A body in an advanced stage of decomposition was found and reported by members of the public in an area with thick brush in Po‘ipu,” a spokesperson with KPD said Sunday. “The cause of death is unknown, and an autopsy report is pending. We are unable to provide further information at this time due to an ongoing investigation.”

Taylor was reported missing on Oct. 9, the report stating that she was last seen at her residence on Oct. 6.

Known to frequent Koloa, Lihu‘e and Koke‘e State Park, Taylor was believed to have her fishing gear, a pouch and her car, a 2002 gold Honda 4-door sedan. She was also known to fish at Shipwreck Beach and the Koloa coastline.

This article was updated to correct Jodielynn Taylor’s age. She is 54, not 56.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or

  1. LMat October 18, 2021 8:34 am Reply

    Condolences to Ms. Taylor’s family.

    This sounds similar to the unsolved Paul Christie murder last year, his body was found in the bushes on the side of road. We’ve heard NOTHING on the status of this case. And now another body.
    Really hoping KPD will be transparent with this one. If it’s a homicide, they need to let the public know immediately.
    All the secrecy and withholding of information is what makes these cases go unsolved and I don’t know why KPD doesn’t realize that by now. This is a small island, people know things, but they are unwilling to come forward because they absolutely do not trust the police.

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