Body found in waters off Kewalo Basin

Surfers at Kewalo Basin made a gruesome discovery Tuesday morning, finding the body of a woman floating in the ocean.

She was fully clothed and didn’t appear to have any injuries.

Police are still in the early stages of the investigation and believe it’s too soon to say whether a crime actually took place.

Paul Evangelista has surfed Kewalo Basin before, but has never seen anything like it.

“Well, I just saw something floating that looked like a chair,” Evangelista said.

He paddled a little closer to the object, then realized it was a person.

“Looked like a girl, she was faced upside down. So as soon as I realized that, I grabbed a hold of her and called for help,” Evangelista said.

Another surfer helped and took her to shore, where they called police.

The medical examiner also arrived at the scene to help identify the body and figure out what happened.

“Female in her late 20s to 30s, possibly Asian,” HPD Lt. Benjamin Mahi said. “She looked like she was a tourist. Japanese tourist, maybe. She didn’t look like she had any injuries. She still had her sandals and shoes on, and her bathing suit, and some clothes.”

Police do not know how long she was in the water.

“Her skin looked wrinkly, but she didn’t look bloated or anything,” Lt. Mahi said. “She was stiff and she wasn’t breathing, she wasn’t responding or anything.”

Police say nothing looked suspicious, but also believe it’s too early to say what may have happened.

“Well, at this point, I don’t want to speculate because it’s still under investigation and it could possibly be a crime. So at this point, I’m going to leave it as ongoing investigation.”

“Just kind of scary, I didn’t want to leave her out there,” Evangelista said.

Police are also checking with their missing persons division.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call police.

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