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Hiker now stable after cliff incident

By Rosemarie Bernardo

LAST UPDATED: 05:03 a.m. HST, Dec 22, 2012

A 31-year-old Japa­nese visitor who was allegedly thrown off a 15-foot cliff on Kauai has been upgraded to stable condition from critical condition at Wilcox Memorial Hospital, a county spokes­woman said.

The woman from Fuku­oka prefecture was taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon after Justin Wynn Klein, 37, allegedly threw her off a cliff near Kala­lau Beach.

Kauai County spokes­woman Sarah Blane said police are continuing their search for Klein. CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information on his whereabouts that would lead to his arrest. Blane said police have been receiving tips from the public and are following up on all leads.

Consul Kenji Endo of the Japan Consulate General's office in Hono­lulu accompanied the hiker's mother to Kauai after she arrived Wednesday morning from Japan. Endo said the victim has been able to talk with her mother.

At this time the hiker has no recollection of what happened.

The 31-year-old woman is expected to stay at the hospital for another week. Endo said her mother appreciates the assistance extended by police, the prosecutor's office and hospital staff. The consulate general's office will continue to provide assistance to the family.

Anyone with information on Klein's whereabouts is urged to call police at 241-1711 or CrimeStoppers at 241-1887.

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on December 22,2012 | 03:57AM
allie wrote:
true....Kauai is a bizarre, pathological place. Most of the truly odd crimes occur there and few are caught
on December 22,2012 | 08:16AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
We need to ban cliffs.
on December 22,2012 | 07:26AM
cojef wrote:
Funny, but in today's political climate it may be apropro. A heinous crime to push someone smaller than yourself and a woman to boot indicate the madness in the this person. Violence on the innocent cannot console one's madness, it only intensifies the malady. The violence will continue unless this animal is captured or slain.
on December 22,2012 | 10:17AM
eoe wrote:
If cliffs were killing 25000 americans a year I would agree. But they're not, are they, Mr. False Equivalence? I can't hide a cliff in my waistband and whip it out and massacre half a dozen people in 5 seconds, can I? And in a moment of despair, if I decide to kill myself, I can't whip a cliff out of my dresser drawer in a few seconds, can I? And one night after a bad day at work, I find out my wife is cheating on me with my best friend I can't summon a cliff in my living room to throw my wife and kids off of. Guns are a scourge in this country, and I'm sorry you can't see it and feel the need to make pithy little comments that you seem to think make some sense, but the fact is that without easy access to guns the 25000 deaths a year due to guns would be a fraction of that. Want to kill yourself? Gun: 90% success, poison 30%, drug overdoes 2% success. Want to massacre children with a knife? Hmm, didn't china just have a case like that? Oh, yeah, 22 INJURED. Didn't we just have a case like that? Yes, except it was 26 DEAD.
on December 22,2012 | 11:12AM
allie wrote:
well put
on December 22,2012 | 11:27AM
SteveToo wrote:
The cost of freedom is high.
on December 22,2012 | 11:32AM
UhhDuhh wrote:
Put an armed guard at every cliff and things like this wouldn't happen.
on December 22,2012 | 10:35AM
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