Police make new plea to solve severed fingers case

Trash bin located at Kukui Garden Housing Complex.
Trash bin located at Kukui Garden Housing Complex.
Sgt. Kim Buffett
Sgt. Kim Buffett

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police said the six fingers found in a trash bin at the Kukui Gardens housing complex in February belong to a little girl. That's all they have to go on and it isn't much. In the week since cops made a plea to help identify the child, CrimeStoppers has received no tips.

"Somebody is missing a two-year-old somewhere," Sgt. Kim Buffett said. "To have no calls is really disheartening. It's a young child. And we know nothing."

Carol Anzai patrols Kukui Gardens with the neighborhood watch. She said parents are especially worried, since they see slow progress in solving the case.

"They won't let their children go out alone. Sometimes you let your kids go out and play in the front, and you're inside. That's not happening right now," she said.

A woman rummaging through the dumpster found the child's fingers in a plastic bag, and turned them over to police. Bone X-rays and DNA testing narrowed the age to 2 to 4 years, and the sex to female. Investigators need more, and someone knows something.

"We're giving them an avenue to call us. Give us the information and it's completely anonymous," Buffett said. "If there are some family members out there, or even friends who say, 'I haven't seen this child in two months, six months, two years.' Give us a call and let us look into it."

National media picked up on the story because of its gruesomeness and novelty. It has generated tens of thousands of web pages on the Internet and unwanted publicity for Kukui Gardens

"You have burglaries. You have some crime. You have graffiti," Anzai said. "We've never had anything like this happen in Kukui. It worries us. It bothers us to know it's out there."

If you can help police, call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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