Woman found dead after being swept down flash flood river in Honokaa

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.

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