WAIKIKI (KHNL) - A jogger made a startling discovery in Waikiki Friday morning. The person found a woman's nude body on the beach fronting the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.
Police are calling it a suspicious death.
Investigators believe the young woman is the victim of a drowning and have not ruled out foul play.
Beachgoers, many of whom are visitors to Hawaii, watch a death investigation unfold.
"She was close to the water," Pamela Patchet, visitor from Canada, described. "She was lying on her back face up. Her feet were towards the water and clearly deceased."
Officers roped off the beach near the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel, after a jogger spotted the nude body at about 6 am.
"It does strike you as odd that there is a naked woman," Patchet said. "You don't usually go swimming naked out on the beach."
"The jogger actually went up to the Sheraton pool, spoke to the attendants and asked them to call the police," Maj. Clayton Kau, Honolulu Police Department, said. "Apparently when the officers arrived, she was found covered with towels."
The woman is believed to be in her 20s, has shoulder-length black hair, and has two tattoos -- the letter "M" on her left heel and a heart with wings on her right wrist.
Police decline to talk about any injuries to the body.
"That, we're still waiting," Kau said. "Once again, that's still under investigation. We're waiting for the autopsy results."
Patchet's hotel room overlooks the scene. She says she didn't hear anything unusual overnight.
"It's pretty well insulated up there, so you tend not to hear a lot," she said. "You know, once the air conditioning is on, you can't really hear anything."
For the first-time Hawaii visitor, it's been an eventful vacation.
"We had the tsunami warning earlier in the week and then we woke up to this," Patchet said. "It's been quite the week."
Investigators are waiting for the Medical Examiner to determine the manner of death, meaning if it's a homicide, a suicide or an accidental drowning.