Death at Maui homeless camp triggers investigation

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui police have opened a Manslaughter investigation after a man was found dead inside a tent at a homeless encampment in Wailuku.

Police were called to the homeless camp around 2:25 a.m. after they received a report of a fight between four men.

When police arrived on scene, they found a 52-year-old man unresponsive within his tent. The victim was taken to the Maui Memorial Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Police are searching for Charleston Koko, 27, whom they say lives in another tent in the camp.

Police believe Koko threw the victim to the ground and mounted him, before being separated by other family members. Koko then fled and the victim proceeded back into his tent and collapsed.

The victim did not have any visual injuries that could reveal the cause of his death. As a result, an autopsy will be conducted to determine the victim's exact cause of death.

The encampment at the end of Kaae Road is known as the "Wailuku River Mouth."

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