After days-long search, officers find missing 36-year-old woman dead in Waikele apartment

Honolulu police are investigating after officers discovered the body of a missing 36-year-old woman Saturday afternoon in a Waikele apartment unit.
Published: Jan. 28, 2023 at 1:43 PM HST|Updated: Jan. 28, 2023 at 9:26 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police are investigating after officers discovered the body of a missing 36-year-old woman Saturday afternoon in a Waikele apartment unit.

Homicide detectives responded to the scene, but details on what may have happened were not released.

Johnalynn Ilae’s body was discovered about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, authorities confirmed.

She last spoke to a family member on Wednesday night and was reported missing Thursday.

Her abandoned car was found in Waikele on Friday. HPD towed it back to the main police station.

On Saturday morning, search efforts continued at Nimitz Beach and around Waikele, with officers going door-to-door in some places.

The cause of Ilae’s death was not released.

Residents who live in the quiet Waikele apartment complex were shocked.

“It’s really disheartening to hear of something like this happening,” said long-time Waikele resident, Fred Fukamizu.

“Mind boggling,” said Kendra-Ann Hinds of Waikele.

Sgt. Chris Kim, of Honolulu CrimeStoppers, said the outcome is not what anyone wanted.

“But now we let the investigators do the work and hopefully we get justice for her and her family,” he said.

Ilae was a longtime employee of First Hawaiian Bank, which issued a statement Saturday calling her a “well-loved team member.” The statement continued:

“Those of us who were fortunate enough to know and work with her have lost a dear friend. We will be making counseling services available for our employees ... and are keeping Johnalynn, her family and her friends in our thoughts during this difficult time.”

Sources had connected Ilae’s disappearance to a separate case ― that of 48-year-old Frank Camaro.

Camaro was reported missing on the same day as Ilae and later found dead in the Ala Moana area.