Family of woman whose body was found at Lake Wilson looking for answers

Family of woman whose body was found at Lake Wilson looking for answers
Darya White, 25 (Image: White Family)
Darya White, 25 (Image: White Family)
Danny Moody, victim's brother (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Danny Moody, victim's brother (Image: Hawaii News Now)

WAHIAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The family of a woman whose body was found floating in Lake Wilson last week is searching for answers.

The Medical Examiner's Office identified the woman Tuesday as 25-year-old Darya White. Police are classifying the case as an unattended death and say that no foul play appears to be involved.

Now, her family is struggling to find out what happened.

Danny Moody, White's brother, was driving when he got the call on July 17 that his younger sister had died.

"I almost crashed at first because it was rainy and I just couldn't believe it," he said. "She might have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I definitely don't believe it was an accident."

Moody says he doesn't know what White was doing at the lake or who she was with, but hopes someone knows what happened to her.

"She was a great person that was trying to move to Hawaii to get her life together," he said.

Moody says White moved from Delaware to Hawaii last year with her four daughters. She had been living with a friend in Wahiawa and worked at Teddy's Bigger Burgers.

Moody tells Hawaii News Now that his sister was expecting her fifth child.

"Detectives are on the case and they are pretty certain she was pregnant at the time of death," Moody said.

On July 17, fishermen spotted White's body floating in the water and alerted authorities. Firefighters say three days earlier, they received conflicting reports about a swimmer in distress and someone yelling at the lake. They searched for two hours, but no body was found.

Moody said he talked to her sister from time to time "just to check on her and make sure she was OK."

Moody says he and his five other siblings stayed in contact with White frequently.  He says she could have been involved with the wrong crowd, but didn't deserve to die this way.

"She was not a drug addict, she was not homeless, she was not a loser, she was none of the stuff they are trying to make it seem like," Moody said. "She was an awesome family member who had a lot of family that cared about her."

White's four daughters are staying with their grandmother. The family has started a fundraising account to help take care of the kids.

Honolulu police say the official cause of death and toxicology results are pending.

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