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Attempted murder suspect sought in fatal crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:03 a.m. HST, May 25, 2011

Maui police and CrimeStoppers are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect in a shooting last year who also might have been involved in a fatal crash on May 14.

Police say 22-year-old Josiah Okudara was indicted for first-degree attempted murder in the shooting of a 30-year-old man following what witnesses described as a confrontation between several people on Olena Street in Wailuku at about 10:30 p.m. on July 24, 2010. Okudara is wanted on two grand jury warrants totaling $550,000

Police say Okudara is also wanted as a “person of interest” in an early-morning crash on May 14 that killed 22-year-old Tiare Franco, of Haiku.

Franco was ejected from a white 2005 Dodge pickup truck that plunged 75 feet down a cliff off Kahekili Highway near Waihee Elementary School on Maui.

The truck was traveling north on Kahekili Highway when it failed to negotiate a left curve and plunged off a steep embankment, police said.

Another occupant of the truck fled the scene. It is unclear who was driving. Speed, drugs or alcohol are being investigated as possible contributors to the crash.

Okudara is 5 feet, 6 inches, weights 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He has a 96793 tattoo on his neck.

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