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Car in fatal plunge on Maui resembles that of missing woman

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:09 p.m. HST, Jan 05, 2014

A car that plunged down a cliff on Maui's rural northwest coastline Saturday matches the description of a convertible belonging to a Wailea woman missing for more than two weeks.

Maui fire rescue crews Saturday recovered the body of a woman from a white BMW convertible that was found more than 100 feet down a cliff near mile-marker 10 along Kahekili Highway, an area known for its winding and narrow roadway.

Maui police late last month asked for the public's help in locating Jean Kini Chang, 59, who was last seen at her South Maui home Dec. 18.

In a missing-person alert, police said Chang, who may be suffering from an illness requiring medical attention, might be driving her white 2005 BMW Z-4 sport coupe convertible.

Maui police officials did not immediately respond to messages Sunday afternoon asking whether the crashed car has been linked to Chang.

Fire crews responded to the scene Saturday afternoon and found a woman with fatal injuries inside the vehicle. 

A Maui Fire Department helicopter was used to reach the area because it was not accessible from the highway.

It is unclear how the car went over the cliff.

Chang was described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 130 pounds, with blond medium-length hair and green eyes.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
An episode of Hawaii Five-O back in the day had almost an exact storyline as this incident. The storyline in Hawaii Five-O of course was fictional, except the car plunging down the hillside was eerily similar to this news report.

In Hawaii Five-O, a broker from the mainland (played by William Bigelow, Jr.) had approached a landowner (of all places) on Maui, and there was a slight disagreement.

When the landowner got a little upset with the broker and swung his arm and the broker fell backwards hitting his head on solid rock on the ground, the broker died unexpectedly and the landowner, not wanting to turn himself in for manslaughter, placed the dead broker in his car and pushed the car down the steep Maui cliffs.

When officials pulled up the car, the officials found out the dead broker died of blunt force trauma BEFORE the car plunged down the hill. Therefore officials went after the landowner after a few leads and to make a long story short, Steve McGarrett (aka Jack Lord) went after the landowner, chasing him throughout his land on Maui, before finally cornering him.

So real life has mirrored a Hawaii Five-O episode from yesteryear!!! Not of course rushing to judgment in this REAL news story of course.

on January 5,2014 | 08:37PM
SueH wrote:
Why such a big mystery when it's really a no brainer. It doesn't matter if the car simply "resembles" the missing woman's car: just check the VIN number or license plate to find out who the car is registered to. And if the Fire Dep't had to use a helicopter to reach the site because it is inaccessible from the highway, then how did the car get there in the first place? Something smells rotten in Denmark.
on January 5,2014 | 08:39PM
nitpikker wrote:
yeah do they have i***ts over there on maui?
on January 5,2014 | 09:32PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Not rushing to Judgment, I think its called, as Johnnie Cochran and Barry Scheck repeatedly tried (successfully) to convince the jury, and Judge Lance Ito, and prosecutor Marcia Clark, and prosecutor Christopher Darden.
on January 5,2014 | 09:46PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
SueH, I'm presuming the poor woman drove off the 100 foot cliff. It might be easier to reach the accident scene by air, instead of hiking/rappelling down the steep cliff.
on January 6,2014 | 03:38AM
Anonymous wrote:
Just don't let the Donald get a hold of this story...
on January 5,2014 | 10:21PM
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