Family, friends shocked after woman found dead outside Makiki home

Mary Beth San Juan
Mary Beth San Juan

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Honolulu police spent the day talking to friends and family of the woman whose body was found outside her home Tuesday night.

Investigators are still trying to figure out who murdered the woman, believed to be in her 50s.

Police were called to her home on Punahou Street shortly before 7:30 p.m. after her ex-husband discovered her body wrapped in carpet in the driveway.

“I don’t understand why anyone would want to hurt her. Just doesn’t make sense,” San Juan’s friend Una Wilding said.

Wilding is in complete shock, learning her friend and fellow acting student, was found dead.

“When you see her, she will always smile. And she will always have positive things to say to you,” Wilding said.

Sources tell KHON2 San Juan’s body was discovered bound, with deep cuts. Her car was found Wednesday morning in Waikiki.

Her acting coach, Scott Rogers, said he just saw her in class on Saturday. He could be one of the last people who saw her alive.

“She was the sweetest, nicest. If you talk to anybody, they’ll tell you she was the most quiet, unthreatening, gentle person you could imagine,” Rogers said.

San Juan had her own real estate company, Happy Homes Hawaii. She also worked at Gold Coast Real Estate, next to the beach where she often went.

Her former boss, Don Persons, recently saw her.

“Just another day. Just another smile on her face headed for the water,” Persons said.

Friends say San Juan seemed to be on good terms with her ex-husband.

“Her and her husband, and her son… they even traveled to Europe together recently on a vacation. I mean, even though they got divorced, they were still as close as can be,” Persons said.

San Juan’s son, Philip, flew in Wednesday from the mainland. He told KHON2 his mother was the sweetest person he knew.

“Whoever did this was a coward. A coward and a sick person and should be put away,” Rogers said.

Police have not made any arrests and do not have any suspects.

Related story: Man finds body wrapped in carpet on Punahou Street

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