New clues emerge after decomposed body found in Waipio ravine

Left tattoo is on one of his arms; Right tattoo, a cross, is on his calf
Left tattoo is on one of his arms; Right tattoo, a cross, is on his calf

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A day after a decomposed and dismembered body was found in Waipio, investigators were back at the scene looking for new clues.

The Honolulu Police Department released pictures of a tattoo of a cross on the calf of a man found in a ravine off Mililani Memorial Park Road. He also had a tattoo on his upper-arm and on his wrist, the words “evil,” “pain,” and “hatered” — possibly the word hatred misspelled.

The body was found by a couple looking for cans.

“That’s when I could see the arm. You could only see his top half, but you couldn’t see anything else, even his head. And then you could see rubbish bags all around him,” said Sheer Sotelo, who found the body.

Police say the body was badly decomposed. At that point, investigators couldn’t tell if it was a man or woman. But they did say that the body had numerous suspicious injuries.

On Monday, investigators were looking in a brush area across the street from the ravine. Investigators appeared to have found something of interest, but would not say what it is.

News of a murder investigation is troubling for those who frequently drive through this area.

“I was very frightened because I take this road in and out several times a week, so very frightened. Hard to sleep last night,” area worker Joni Lii said.

The road leads to Mililani Memorial Park, where Lii works. She says she always sees parked cars on the side of the road with people just hanging out.

“Sometimes it’s young kids, sometimes maybe it’s couples. Sometimes maybe they’re arguing, sometimes it looks like not good things happening over there. So I just try and get out as soon as possible,” Lii said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (808) 955-8300.

Related story: Body found on side of Mililani Memorial Park Road

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