Grieving family searches for answers after 18-year-old’s body found on Maili beach

UPDATE Dec. 7, 2017: Honolulu police have arrested a man for the murder of an 18-year-old in Maili.

Police previously released a CrimeStoppers alert identifying Kamaua Van Gieson as the suspect in a kidnapping that occurred in Kapolei.

Police confirmed Thursday that he is also suspected of murdering Dustin Molina.

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A grieving family is waiting for answers from police after an 18-year-old man was found dead near Maili Beach Park.

They’re staying off social media, because they say they don’t know what to believe.

Loved ones identified the man as Dustin Molina. His body was found early Tuesday morning.

Family members on Oahu tell us Molina just graduated from Waianae High School.

We spoke to his brother and cousin tonight at a small memorial that is growing at the park. They say the family is still searching for answers.

“When I come back to Hawaii, I don’t have my younger brother to come back to,” Dustin’s brother Austin Molina said.

“I had to hear it from another family member. I was … I had left work and I was just in complete shock. I still feel his presence here on Earth. He’s not … (sigh),” Dustin’s cousin Julie Mae Padayhag said.

“Dustin was a very loving, very kind boy, and he was very funny. He was very funny, loved to laugh,” said Molina’s aunt, Elizabeth Lindley, who spoke to us by phone from Kona. “He’s a very good hunter, very good hunter. Reminds me of my dad. My dad used to love hunting too.”

Police are investigating, but so far aren’t ready to say if Molina died at the hands of someone else.

Molina was found on the beach, next to Maili Beach Park behind a residential neighborhood.

Mary Brennan, who lives in one of the homes, tells us two women were picking up trash on the beach and yelled for help.

“She said, ‘There’s a dead body on the beach,’ so I opened the gate and looked. There was a dead body about 50 or 60 feet away and slightly in the surf, so I came back and called police,” Brennan said.

Brennan says she did not get close enough to tell if anything seemed suspicious.

“Did you hear anything that night before or any commotion at all?” KHON2 asked.

“Nothing at all. There’s very few people here. The house next door is empty. It’s just used for parties,” Brennan replied.

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