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The murder investigation of Mary Beth San Juan is heating up after a shocking discovery overnight.
Honolulu police surrounded the Waikiki Beachside Hostel after a man digging through trash near the hostel’s dumpster came across a key piece of evidence.
“I found the Punahou murder victim’s wallet. It was tied up inside an ABC bag,” the man said.
The man did not want to reveal his identity. Police sources confirm to KHON2 the wallet is San Juan’s.
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“At first I didn’t, but I checked after to see if her credit cards were current, and when we were going through it, the manager at the hostel pulled out a card and it was a real estate card that looked just like the lady… the Punahou murder victim,” the man said.
San Juan’s car was left on Kalakaua Avenue sometime between early Monday morning to mid-day Tuesday after it was driven to an ATM in Manoa to grab cash out of her bank account.
Walking distance from there is where her wallet was found on Lemon Road.
“It was tied up in an ABC bag, so I opened it up to see what it was and it turned out to be a nice wallet,” the man said.
He says the wallet had credit cards but no cash, only loose change, and was in an ABC bag stuffed into a larger black garbage bag.
“The rubbish came out from the hostel. It was piled up on the sidewalk. I put it in there and go through it,” the man said.
Local residents can’t get a room at the hostel unless they have proof of travel or a plane ticket.
Honolulu police spent several hours sifting through the dumpster’s trash for more clues.
Nearby building managers say police have also requested to see their surveillance videos showing the street.
“I hope they catch him and they got him in video,” the man said.
San Juan’s sisters flew to Oahu. KHON2 spoke with them and San Juan’s ex-husband, but they say they are not ready to talk about what happened.