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Body found in Kalalau Valley

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:10 a.m. HST, Apr 19, 2014

A man's body was found Thursday afternoon at Kalalau Valley, Kauai officials said.

His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Kauai firefighters were notified of a missing hiker around noon.

A friend of the missing person told firefighters that the two of them set out to hike into the valley from the beach, where they had been camping.  He said the terrain became very dangerous and he turned back, but his friend continued hiking and had not returned to the beach as of Thursday morning.

Rescue crews conducted an aerial search and located the man's body deep in the valley around 1:30 p.m.

Police are not suspecting foul play at this time.

An autopsy has been ordered for early next week.

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cojef wrote:
When I grew up on Kauai in the late 20's, not many people ventured into the Kalalau valley. Many legends abound on "Koolau the Leper" who kept the police flustered because they were unable to track and arrest him.
on April 19,2014 | 02:23PM
2NDC wrote:
With all of the modern technology, I'm sure that if there were any people running around the valley, it should be very easy to find them.
on April 19,2014 | 09:13PM
copperwire9 wrote:
You've clearly never been there.
on April 20,2014 | 12:08AM
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