Police comb missing persons reports after human remains found

Lt. Bill Kato
Lt. Bill Kato
Norman Andersen
Norman Andersen

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

KALIHI (KHNL) - A man doing yard work found skeletal remains in the grass behind his family's Kalihi home Friday. Investigators say the human remains are not ancient.

Norman Andersen's uncle is visiting from Samoa and speaks very little English. He's offered a seat and a drink, after making a gruesome discovery.

"He was cleaning the yard this morning," Andersen said. "And then he found one body."

He was cutting grass on a hill behind the family's house on Meyers Street, when he stumbled upon a skull and other bones. Andersen went down to look.

"No more the arms and the hands," Andersen described. "Only get the top, the skull and the legs. But the legs look like the thing burnt and decomposing."

Andersen says there's also a pouch.

"Get one little bag," he said. "I was going to CSI um, but nah."

"The skeletal remains appear to be intact," Lt. Bill Kato, Honolulu Police Department, said. "At this point, we can't tell if it's a male or female. We can't tell if there's any suspicious circumstances."

Experts from the Medical Examiner's office and the military carefully recover the remains.

"Once we remove the bones, and we can dig around a little bit more in the grass and into the soil, we may find other things," Kato said.

Police are going through missing persons reports filed in the Kalihi area as part of their investigation.

People who live in the neighborhood are stunned.

"I just felt sorry, like who's that and for the family," Andersen said.

The Medical Examiner will inspect the bones, and try to determine the person's identity and cause of death.