KALIHI (KHNL) - Heart-breaking news for an Oahu family, as the search for a missing loved one comes to an end.
In January, family members launched an extensive search for Anicia Manzano. Now, KHNL News 8 has learned a set of remains found behind a Kalihi home in August belongs to the elderly woman.
As you may recall, a man cutting grass on a hill behind his family's house stumbled upon the remains. Two months later, the remains are finally identified.
Anicia Manzano, a mother of four and grandmother of eight, vanished from her home last January. Her family made a tearful plea for help, saying the 79-year-old had Alzheimer's and had difficulty communicating.
"We don't even know what's happened to her already," Erlinda Manzano Ramirez, missing woman's daughter, said January 9th. "It's hard for the family."
In August, investigators recovered bones and other evidence from a hillside behind a Meyers Street home, not too far from the missing woman's house.
The Honolulu medical examiner says experts from the military positively identified the victim as Anicia Manzano.
"I think she might have lost her way down here, and I guess somehow stumbled, fall," Louis Palimoo, Meyers Street resident, said.
News of the identification spreads through the community.
"Yeah, I was wondering who that person could be, if I might have known that person or not," Palimoo said. "It's a little upsetting to hear about that."
The medical examiner says the cause of death is still pending.
Area residents say they hope this development will help bring some closure to the family.
"I guess they might feel relief. I mean, I would too," Palimoo said. "It's a bit sad."
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