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Autopsy results in Makiki woman's death released

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:11 a.m. HST, Jul 27, 2013

The Medical Examiner’s Office Friday officially classified the death of a 56-year-old real estate agent and actress as a homicide.

The medical examiner said Mary Beth San Juan died of “multiple stab wounds.” Her body was found wrapped in carpet at 7:21 p.m. Tuesday in the driveway of her home and office at 1224 Punahou St.

Police have released surveillance video of a man withdrawing money from a Manoa Marketplace First Hawaiian Bank using San Juan’s ATM card at 12:30 a.m. Monday. Her silver 2013 Mercedes C250 sedan was found Tuesday night near Kapiolani Park bandstand.

Detectives believe the person who killed San Juan knew her and that robbery was the motive, but they have no suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellphone.

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dlum003 wrote:
The surveillance video looked more like a slim female ... unless its a man dressed in a skirt and women's sandals ... whoever it was, why'd they have to kill her, and so savagely? The perp(s) must be found and punished to the fullest extent of the law (wishful thinking in Hawaii).
on July 26,2013 | 09:15AM
agile wrote:
Robbery as a motive does not add up when you have a "savage" and very personal killing like multiple stab wounds. Think OJ Simpson. That's Homicide 101. Perp is someone who knew her and had a beef w/her.
on July 26,2013 | 01:43PM
Grimbold wrote:
The woman at the video is probably the girlfriend of the slayer.
on July 26,2013 | 06:41PM
Shh wrote:
It's just a matter of time now that the person will be caught! I'm confident that they will find the person that did this.
on July 26,2013 | 09:19AM
MISO wrote:
Take a good look at the video at the ATM. The person is wearing a large gold colored bracelet or watch on the left hand and as the person is walking away from the ATM look at the right foot. Looks like a women's shoe with 2 inch heels. Women? or Cross dresser?
on July 26,2013 | 09:21AM
Shh wrote:
If all you know the gold bracelet could of been the victims and so could the clothes. There are some sick people out there and I wouldn't over look that as well.
on July 26,2013 | 11:11AM
cojef wrote:
Could be anyone, even a cross-dresser, or more probably an female accomplice using the victim's clothes and jewelry. Ahh, the plot thickens in this whodunnit.
on July 26,2013 | 11:57AM
agile wrote:
The word "cross-dresser" was used in early reports, now just saying a man dressed as a woman. Must be a very very slim, petite man.
on July 26,2013 | 01:44PM
Datahorde wrote:
I'm sure it was more than one person involved., but we'll never know since the HPD can't even find an Elephant in the room.
on July 26,2013 | 09:44AM
gthx1138y wrote:
A Chief of Police of another agency told me at a conference, "Honolulu has a GREAT training program in teaching their officers about how to PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF THE DEPARTMENT and general knowledge of their job duties...they are NOT in the business of SOLVING CRIMES." This is evidenced by the string of unsolved homicides of women between the 1960's through the 1990's. Google it. This is why I have an issues with the CALEA (accreditation of law enforcement agencies) because it's about preserving the integrity of the department, protecting it from lawsuits, providing P&P (policies & procedures) to ensure safety of the officers, proper training, and officer professional development, and that they have an agreement with local agencies as to their roles, responsibilities, and what they do and DO NOT do, in service to the public. Didn't know that huh? Look it up. SHIBAI!!! Oh and with that said, I support our HPD officers, just don't agree with how the brass make decisions to the detriment of the public.
on July 26,2013 | 10:04AM
allie wrote:
interesting. Yes, as a visitor here I would not rely on HPD to deter or solve many crimes. Generally, this is true throughout the islands. People disappear on the Big Island, for example, and one never hears about them again.
on July 26,2013 | 10:54AM
Shh wrote:
Even more interesting is that gthx1138y uses the same word as Allie uses "SHIBAI" and funny how Allie replied right after to comment! Could they both be the same person?
on July 26,2013 | 11:14AM
allie wrote:
sorry..SA just gave me one name and one task
on July 26,2013 | 01:10PM
honopic wrote:
What is that "task" allie? To annoy the rest of S*A's readers on a daily basis, so they consider cancelling their subscriptions until you hele on back to ND at last? Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform.
on July 26,2013 | 03:03PM
honopic wrote:
"Interesting" allie? When the story broke you ranted about "too much domestic violence OUT HERE" and assumed the husband was guilty, with not a word of ptiy for the deceased or condolence to the victim's family or friends. Now, you try to cover your gaffe with a vague smokescreen about "people disappear on the Big Island" as if that makes your foot-in-mouth ok? Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform.
on July 26,2013 | 03:02PM
Dude, you need to stop watching CSI and all the other drama packed TV-it is causing a sense of misgueded reality. SHEESH!
on July 26,2013 | 12:23PM
agile wrote:
I will Google it and I think it would make a great investigative piece if true. Keoki Kerr maybe?
on July 26,2013 | 01:47PM
You're sure huh?
on July 26,2013 | 12:21PM
agile wrote:
Totally agree. If this were the mainland they'd have suspect in custody by now, or at least person of interest. She was very well known and this is an island. It's not that hard. Bring in mainland cops - they'll solve it and not waste taxpayers $. Didn't HPD just a raise - for what?
on July 26,2013 | 01:46PM
ryan02 wrote:
This is so tragic. The person in the video is obviously in disguise. The figure is slim, but rather wide shoulders for a woman? My gut tells me it's a guy -- I've never wrapped a person in a carpet, but I would think you need some upper body strength to be able to do it. Either way, I hope they catch the killer. As bad as robbery is by itself, at least she could have gone on with her life afterwards. It's unforgivable that he killed her.
on July 26,2013 | 09:54AM
allie wrote:
It is a guy. Highly unlikely a woman could or would do those things, especially rolling her around in a carpet in a driveway. The victim knew her assailant.
on July 26,2013 | 10:52AM
kalai wrote:
Allie, Allen Go back to North Dakota
on July 26,2013 | 12:19PM
8082062424 wrote:
A woman is just as capable of doing the things that was done as a male. leaving the body in a drive way rolled in carpet might be that she did not have enough strength to load it into the truck of a car. you watch how the person walks in those heels it natural . now it could very well be a cross dresser . but any normal male could not walk in those heels like this person did
on July 26,2013 | 01:11PM
allie wrote:
It is a man. Bank on it. HPD is correct about that.
on July 26,2013 | 02:53PM
honopic wrote:
Again, know-it-all allie has spoken. How about this -- if it proves to be a woman, or a stranger to Mary Beth San Juan, you withdraw from UH and go back to ND? Fair enough? Even more incentive -- I'll kick in the first hundred bucks for your plane ticket. As long as it's one-way. Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform.
on July 26,2013 | 03:06PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
hey honopic, can you explain to me the Sierra thing? enlighten me. thanks.
on July 26,2013 | 03:24PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
It is the NATO Phonetic Alphabet. Take the first letter of each word and you get the drift. Interpretation: fed up readers irritated by one poster's profuse verbal abuse of all things Hawaii and local males. Lima Oscar Lima.
on July 26,2013 | 06:05PM
agile wrote:
HPD has stated it's a guy in women's clothing. Interesting that they're so emphatic about it.
on July 26,2013 | 01:48PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Yeah. Must be something significant - like maybe a trace of genetic material on the knife or rope used to bind the victim that says "male". A knife wielded incorrectly or rope being tied taut can result in skin be sloughed off that can be used to identify the person, definitely the sex.

Only trouble is they can only link the person to the crime when they know who to test. So, unless he is in a list of acquaintances the victim kept, or one of her acquaintances knows of that person... They're only that good in the TV crime series. HPD, probably only if they get really lucky. Where's Charlie Chan when you need him?

on July 26,2013 | 04:25PM
username_required wrote:
Let's go Comment Section Crime Team!
on July 26,2013 | 10:00AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Wonder Twin powers, activated!
on July 26,2013 | 06:09PM
bluebowl wrote:
Maybe in the past she has given this person money,for some kind of addiction. Decided not to any more and was killed because she knew him.
on July 26,2013 | 10:12AM
Mei mei wrote:
Certainly sounds like a drug addict - scuzz bucket!
on July 26,2013 | 01:38PM
localguy wrote:
In cases like this, after the perp is found guilty and sentenced to death, how about making them a sacrifice to Pele? Hey, no life time prison care costs, just recycling the body from where it came from. Works for me.
on July 26,2013 | 10:24AM
markat wrote:
Works for me too!
on July 26,2013 | 12:56PM
allie wrote:
As I said last night, it was indeed a man and it was not a random crime. The victim knew her murderer. One has to know the general profile of the likely perps in this case.
on July 26,2013 | 10:50AM
Shh wrote:
LOL Yeah right. I will have to look back to see where you said that.
on July 26,2013 | 11:17AM
allie wrote:
please do
on July 26,2013 | 01:11PM
Shh wrote:
You didn't say it was a male. At least I didn't see it there that you said that.
on July 26,2013 | 02:04PM
allie wrote:
I did..just before I went to work and naturally I was blasted for it. Men have trouble with an indigenous, firm, confident female.
on July 26,2013 | 02:54PM
Grimbold wrote:
alllie, most indigenous women are not firm: They are flabby and overweight.
on July 26,2013 | 06:45PM
honopic wrote:
Why should Shh? You claim u said it. Back it up. I'm sure youu keep every one of your posts in a file somewhere. Let's see it. Otherwise, Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform.
on July 26,2013 | 03:10PM
honopic wrote:
And you know the profile of the likely perps? Hard to believe, but you get more arrogant and smug every day, with not one bit of defesne for it. Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform.
on July 26,2013 | 03:09PM
tiki886 wrote:
As a realtor, the likely suspects would be disgruntled sellers or buyers she represented in the past or currently that may have felt they were cheated. That's obvious so I'm sure her employer is cooperating with the investigation.
on July 27,2013 | 02:59AM
alba66 wrote:
It seems she was distraught and not herself according to her TAG associates. So she must have had some sort of relationship with her killer. A pity she did not disclose any of her distress to her fellow actors.
on July 26,2013 | 11:36AM
allie wrote:
on July 26,2013 | 01:11PM
Shh wrote:
She did go to a friend and he told her to pray.
on July 26,2013 | 02:06PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
How about her lover, Jim, from her FB page? I think he is also a TAG guy.
on July 26,2013 | 03:04PM
wsato wrote:
Call 5-0
on July 26,2013 | 11:47AM
kalai wrote:
No call Allie!
on July 26,2013 | 12:20PM
allie wrote:
I am on the job!
on July 26,2013 | 01:11PM
honopic wrote:
What job? Promoting allie 101? So far, your grade is a D-. Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform.
on July 26,2013 | 03:12PM
toad103410 wrote:
A brutal and seemingly senseless crime and for what? How much cash can someone withdraw from an atm at one time? The bank, I'm sure has already blocked access to this account. I am now eating crow because although I did not post my thoughts I believed that her ex husband did it. From what I've read here, I wasn't the only one.
on July 26,2013 | 12:39PM
toad103410 wrote:
Where is the compassion for this woman and her family? I've seen comments here deriding real estate agents and people who drive Mercedes and other expensive cars.
on July 26,2013 | 12:46PM
toad103410 wrote:
A brutal and seemingly senseless crime and for what? How much cash can a person withdraw from an ATM at one time? I'm sure the bank has blocked access to this account BTW, I'm now eating Crow. Although I did not post my thoughts, I believed that her ex husband was to blame. After reading comments here I see that I wasn't the only one.
on July 26,2013 | 12:55PM
allie wrote:
agree but there is more to this story than we have yet heard.
on July 26,2013 | 01:12PM
BonDancr wrote:
Just so heinous; I hope the perp is caught and that justice is served!!!
on July 26,2013 | 03:26PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Urban lingo. Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform is the elongated "military" form of the first four letters, which literally admonishes someone to s--- t--- f--- u-. Gets one past the electronic censor. Not very nice. But he and Allie must have some history.
on July 26,2013 | 04:06PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Specifically it is the NATO Phonetic Alphabet that is commonly used by the military.
on July 26,2013 | 06:14PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
This is one of the most disturbing things I have watched on here. We actually get to see a monster at work. I got the sense of anger and at the same time feel for the victim. I hope that this monster is caught soon. Maybe someone will recognize the cap and the build of this monster. No amount of prison time is enough for this monster. They should torture this creep till the end of his or her life.
on July 26,2013 | 06:12PM
Grimbold wrote:
Torture is the first thing one thinks if your loved one is killed. But at second thought death penalty would be more fitting.
on July 26,2013 | 06:47PM
BIG wrote:
look like one wahine
on July 26,2013 | 08:20PM
kalakoa wrote:
Not sure if I saw on theATM video black gloves being worn? Was he trying cover up finger print and or tattoo? I wonder if it was a tenant that came to pay rent and knew there was money in the office? I think drug driven.
on July 26,2013 | 10:42PM
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