Two dead in mystery at Makapuu

Lt. David Kamai
Lt. David Kamai
Capt. Gary Lum
Capt. Gary Lum

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EAST OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The bodies of a man and "pre-teen" girl were found near the Makapuu tide pools Thursday afternoon. Police believe they are father and daughter, but are still working to confirm their identities and figure out how they were killed.

"At approximately 4 pm this afternoon our fire dispatch received a call that two hikers at the Makapuu trail saw two people down below at the tide pools," said Honolulu fire Captain Gary Lum.

Fire rescue personnel found a man's body in the ocean just beyond the tide pools. The girl's body was recovered from the rocky shoreline not far from the tide pools.

It is relatively safe to swim in the pools when the ocean is calm. But the sea in front of the tide pools is extremely dangerous. Anyone who fell in would have a difficult time getting out.

Police are working to determine whether the two died in some sort of accident or whether foul play was involved. They stressed that so far there is nothing suspicious.

"By suspicious I'm talking about a puncture wound or a gunshot wound. So we don't see that at this time," said HPD Lt. David Kamai.

It is a mystery as to how the girl's body was found on the rocks above sea level and the man's body found in the ocean.

Police did get a report of a man and girl missing at about the same time the bodies were found. They are investigating whether the two incidents are linked.

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