Washington visitor arrested for murder after his wife goes missing on Big Island

Washington visitor arrested for murder after his wife goes missing on Big Island
Smriti Saxena (Source: Hawaii Police Department)

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Island police have launched a criminal investigation after the discovery of a body in South Kohala ― and a Washington man has been arrested in the case.

The identity of the victim hasn’t been confirmed.

But police say the body was found near Anaehoomalu Bay — the same general area where visitor 41-year-old Smriti Saxena was last seen.

Saxena, of Bellevue, Wash., went missing Tuesday around 10:30 p.m.

She was last noted to be at the Lava Lava Beach Club in Waikoloa, police said.

Big Island police said her husband, 43-year-old Sonam Saxena, also of Bellevue, has been arrested on second-degree murder.

He told West Hawaii Today his wife suffered an asthma attack Tuesday night and he went back to the hotel to pick up her inhaler.

Before his arrest, Sonam Saxena tagged Hawaii’s governor in a tweet, complaining that police would not take his calls.

Sonam Saxena works for Google, and he told the newspaper that he and his wife have two children.

Detectives are continuing their investigation. An autopsy will be performed to determine the victim’s exact cause of death.

Anyone with further information is asked to call 911 or (808) 935-3311.

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