Fishermen discover human remains near Blaisdell Park

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

PEARL CITY (HawaiiNewsNow) - Did the tsunami surge that reached Oahu last week lead to the unearthing of skeletal remains near a popular park in Pearl City? The Naval Criminal Investigative Service at Pearl Harbor is looking into the discovery of multiple sets of human remains Tuesday.

Navy archaeologists believe it may be a traditional Hawaiian burial site.

A pair of fishermen looking for bait along the shoreline near Neal Blaisdell Park made the grisly discovery.

Kristie Anzai and her children cruised down the bike path, unknowingly coming within a few yards of possibly three sets of remains.

"Oh, it's horrible," the Mililani resident said. "We just take the kids walking so when I saw this, it was almost a shock to us. But I kind of knew it was something detrimental just because we saw the police cars."

City, state and federal agencies -- including Honolulu police, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, and military investigators -- converged on the scene. The fishermen reported finding the skeletal remains in three to four inches of mud at about 9 AM.

"Seeing this today, it was just kind of disturbing," Anzai said. "I almost wanted to turn around."

The unearthing got people talking about the unsolved mysteries in the district.

Diane Suzuki, 19, vanished from an Aiea dance studio in 1985. The case is classified as a homicide, but her body has not been found.

In Chin McDonald, 31, left her workplace -- Club Chance at the Pearl Kai Shopping Center -- in 1999. Her purse was discovered at Blaisdell Park, but she hasn't been seen since.

Blaisdell is a city park, but the makai side of the bike path is under the Navy's jurisdiction.

Anzai says the area is not what it used to be.

"Seeing the homeless, plus doing this, it is scary," she said.

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