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Police ID body of missing hiker recovered off Kauai

PRINCEVILLE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Authorities have identified the recovered body of a woman who may have been swept into the ocean by strong river currents.

Kauai Police have identified the victim as Sansan Sheng of Sunnyvale, California.

Officials say the 58-year-old was traveling alone and scheduled to attend a conference on Kauai later this week.

The Kauai Fire Department said her body was spotted by a tour boat in waters about four miles west of Hanakapiai.

Sheng's body was recovered by the KFD helicopter and taken to Princeville Airport.

The fire department's helicopter was assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Civil Air Patrol in an air-based search that resumed at sunrise Sunday. A planned water-based search was suspended because of rough ocean conditions, authorities said.

According to the fire department, witnesses saw a hiker trying to cross Hanakapiai Stream near its mouth Saturday afternoon, and was reportedly swept into the ocean by strong currents.

Rescue crews began a search by air and water, but the search was suspended at nightfall.

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed early this week.

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