Maui police arrest suspect linked to murder, still searching for victim's body

Justin Namauu (image: MPD)
Justin Namauu (image: MPD)

MAUI (Hawaii News Now) - Maui police have arrested a 42-year-old man wanted in connection with a shooting and subsequent killing on Maui.

Authorities have identified the suspect as Justin Namauu, of Kula, and were searching for him since the alleged murder on Tuesday night.

Maui police have also identified the victim as Dennis Pacheco Jr. — however, they are still searching for the body.

"This message is for Justin. We forgive you my boy. All we ask please give us back our Dennis Boy," said Pacheco Jr.'s mother Eleanor.

Police said the shooting happened at a home in Kanaio. Additional details weren't released.

"I just like my brother so we can take him and be in peace," said the victim's brother Martin. "Whatever happened, happened. Just let us know where he stay so we can bring him home."

Officers closed a portion of Piilani Highway near mile-marker 17 on Tuesday and Wednesday as they searched for the suspect.

The Maui Police Department said no charges have been filed at this time.

"Whatever happened, happened. But no hide and no lie. Just bring peace for us. For our family. Get so many grand kids, so many family over here, we just want him home that's all," Dennis Pacheco Sr. pleaded.

If you have any information about this investigation, please call the Maui Police Department at (808)244-6400 or 911 in an emergency.

This story will be updated.

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