Public’s help wanted to identify man’s body found in Haleakala National Park

The Maui Police Department and the National Park Service are asking the public for help identifying a man whose body was found in the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park.

Park rangers, along with the Maui police and fire departments, were notified at approximately 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, of a body in the Palikea streambed, an off-trail location of the park not open to visitors.

Rescue personnel airlifted the man’s body from the streambed. No personal belongings were found with him.

Authorities say his age could be anywhere from late 20s to early 40s, and he was 5 feet 10 inches tall.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the following:

  • Detective Sgt. Gordon Sagun at (808) 244-6434 Mondays through Fridays or gordon.sagun@mpd.net or call the Maui Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 244-6400,
  • U.S. park ranger Virginia Thiel at (808) 357-2162 or email virginia_thiel@nps.gov,
  • Maui Crime Stoppers at (808) 242-6966 for those who wish to remain anonymous.

Park officials warn the public not to go off-trail.

In addition to the potential falling hazard at high cliff faces, stream areas in the Kipahulu District are prone to flash flooding and rock falls.

The Pools of Oheo have been closed since a rockslide earlier in the year.

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