Police still looking for answers after human remains recovered at Ford Island

Courtesy: Honolulu Police Department.
Courtesy: Honolulu Police Department.

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The gruesome discovery of partial human remains floating just off a seaplane ramp on Ford Island was made by two civilian contractors in the late afternoon hours of Oct. 25, 2005.

“The partial remains were in a state of decomposition and through extensive testing and analysis we know that this person was a Caucasian male,” federal investigator Phil Camaro said. “With a predicted age of 45 years old.”

Forensic anthropologists from the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command believe that the male was between 5’8″ and 6’0″.

Evidence showed that he died on land an estimated five days before he somehow ended up in the water, where he floated for several more days.

“He could have died anywhere along the perimeter of Pearl Harbor and eventually float to this spot,” Camaro said. “We know that this person had an injured left knee, which caused him to limp. We also know that he suffered arthritis on his right shoulder.”

A Timex watch, Levi’s blue jeans with a 40-inch waist and 32-inch inseam, a sock, and size 11 leather sandals from Thom McAnn were found on John Doe.

Investigator Camaro says the human remains do not match up with HPD’s missing person’s data. The man may have been homeless.

“We have not ruled out foul play, but likewise we have not ruled out accidental death or death by natural causes,” Camaro said. “Someone may know something out there.”

“We’re hoping that maybe people in the area may have saw him in the area and now say, ‘Hey, I remember a guy that looked like that back then,’ and can give us some closure to his case,” HPD Sgt. Kim Buffett said.

It’s a case that has sat cold for more than seven years.

“Relationships change, people change and just a little bit of information jogs somebody’s memory and it closes a case for us,” Sgt. Buffett said.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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