Person of interest in Waikiki death found, sent to hospital

Jessica Lani Rich
Jessica Lani Rich

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

MAKIKI (KHNL) - New developments on the New Mexico college student found dead at a Waikiki beach.

The person of interest in the case has been found, but is in the hospital.

Honolulu police won't say what his illness is. The Oahu man was taken to a medical facility Monday night, after officers found him hiding in bushes.

At Lunalilo and Liholiho Streets in Makiki is where police got a call about a suspicious man.

And in the bushes, around 5:45 p.m. Monday, officers say they discovered 31-year-old Aaron Susa hiding, and complaining he felt ill.

Once Susa gets out of the hospital, police say they'll arrest him for outstanding traffic warrants, while the investigation continues into the death of 25-year-old Bryanna Antone of Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

"She's so young and has her whole life ahead of her and it's just so tragic and it touches all of us," said Jessica Lani Rich, President of the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii (VASH).

VASH helps tourists who are victims of crime. The non-profit is helping Antone's family cope with their loss.

"The family is a very private family and they're coping because they have that privacy. I know that a lot of people want to see the family and talk to them, because we care," said Rich.

Antone was last seen leaving with Susa at the Waikiki Ohana West Hotel early Friday morning. Hours later, a jogger found her nude body near the shoreline in front of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

The Medical Examiner's Office has deferred the cause of death. Toxicology results have yet to be released.

Rich says the body has been released to the family, and they'll soon leave Hawaii to bring Antone back home.

"They are very grateful for the support that everyone has given them. They tell me on a regular basis that they are grateful," said Rich.

With the approval of Antone's family, VASH will hold a memorial mass for her.

It'll be at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace on Bishop Street in Downtown Honolulu.

The mass starts at noon on Wednesday.

Rich says Antone's family may or may not attend.

As for Susa, police say it's not clear if he has a place on Oahu, but say he's known to frequent Waikiki.