WAHIAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Emergency responders were called out to central Oahu Sunday morning after a fisherman spotted a body floating in the water at Wahiawa Freshwater State Park.
"I made a turn around the bend and something just popped up next to me, maybe like 20 feet away from me," said Duane Fukumoto. He was out fishing when he witnessed the body surface around 9:45 a.m.
"Scared the, you know what, out of me, I was pretty scared," he said. "It's really calm out here, any kind of motion you'll hear it and this thing was almost like a big explosion right next to me just popping up."
Fukumoto says the woman's body was badly decomposed and unrecognizable. "The face just looked like a hockey mask, it didn't have any distinguishable features so I thought it was a mannequin."
Three fire companies along with 15 personnel responded. HFD launched a boat to retrieve the body, which was located about 10 feet from the embankment.
Fire Captain Joseph Kostiha says the area is populated with homeless encampments, but it's unclear if the woman was homeless.
"There's a lot of rubbish and personal belongings that belong to whoever," Kostiha said.
Officials say there hasn't been any missing person report recently filed.
The body was turned over to Honolulu Police as they work to confirm the woman's identity. Anyone with information is encouraged to call HPD.