Bail set at $2M for Maui murder suspect; days-long search leads to human remains

Justin Namauu (image: MPD)
Justin Namauu (image: MPD)
Dennis Pacheco Jr. (image provided by Pacheco family)
Dennis Pacheco Jr. (image provided by Pacheco family)

MAUI (Hawaii News Now) - Family members of a 45-year-old Maui man who is believed to have been murdered on Tuesday say they were notified by police that his body was recovered by detectives Friday afternoon.

Law enforcement officials say Dennis Pacheco, Jr. was at a residence in Kanaio when he was shot and killed.

"At approximately 2:03 p.m., unidentified human remains were discovered in the Kahikinui area of Maui. The remains were recovered but have not been positively identified at this time. The investigation is still on-going," said MPD's Public Information Officer Lt. Gregg Okamoto in a statement.

Justin Namauu, 42, of Kula, was captured by police in Kahikinui on Wednesday and arrested for second-degree murder.

Namauu was charged late Friday afternoon. His bail is set at $2,000,000.

"Justin Namauu was charged with the offense(s) of Murder in the Second Degree, Kidnapping, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of Ammunition, Use of Firearm in the Commission of a Separate Felony, Registration of Firearm, Place to Keep Pistol or Revolver, Place to Keep Ammunition and Loaded Firearm on Highway," Okamoto also said in his statement.

Namauu is suspected of using a handgun to kill Pacheco in what police sources call a love triangle. The woman at the center of the triangle told police she witnessed the murder.

Pacheco family members embraced each other after hearing his body was found in the mountains near Kahikinui.

"We found our Dennis Pacheco. Now we can take him home. We want to thank everybody involved in this," said Pacheco Jr.'s mother Eleanor.

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

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