Hawaii Island police have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation into the death of a Honokaa woman who was swept away by flood waters Saturday night.
She has been identified as 47-year-old Beth R. Radl.
Police and fire department personnel responded to a 10:42 p.m. call that Radl had tried to cross a river of rushing water that was flowing across a private driveway near her home on Kahana Drive when she was swept away by the knee-high water.
Attempts were made to try and locate Radl that night, but due to dangerous conditions, the search was postponed until first daylight.
Her body was located at 5:29 a.m. Sunday in a stream about a quarter-mile away.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.