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Skeletal remains found near Makapuu determined to be suicide victim

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:09 a.m. HST, Oct 16, 2013

The Medical Examiner's office has determined that the man whose skeletal remains were found between the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and the shoreline on Sept. 15 killed himself.

The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, but the Medical Examiner's office has not be able to verify his identity.

The police have classified the case as an unattended death

Four hikers descending from the Makapuu Lighthouse trail toward a set on tidepools on the shoreline discovered the skeletal remains near a cave along the cliff Sept. 15.

Police and fire crews worked together to retrieve the body and airlift it to a landing zone at Sandy Beach Park. 

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allie wrote:
very sad..such a lonely desperate death. RIP. God will find him and bring him peace he never had on this earth.
on October 16,2013 | 08:36AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Very interesting. The ME classifies this as an "unattended death", the remains to be those of a "suicide victim", and the cause of death a GSW to the head. Strangely enough, no mention in the original articles -- or in this one -- that the "suicide" weapon was recovered. If there's no gun, then how does the ME classify this as a suicide? The gun didn't just pick itself up and jump into the ocean afterwards. And it's hard to imagine how the body stayed there until it was reduced to a skeleton, but the gun got washed into the water in the meantime. Dense chunk of metal like that? Doesn't make sense. What does make sense in a sick kinda way is that someone found the gun next to the remains, stuck it in his board shorts and kept it. Not just illegal, but big-time bachi! Either that, or this was a homicide from the git-go. In any case, without the gun, the ME was "slightly" premature in labeling this a suicide. "Undetermined" would be the proper classification given the facts of the case.
on October 16,2013 | 10:19AM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Excellent points, Hanabata.
on October 16,2013 | 12:27PM
Poipounder808 wrote:
Just because it wasn't mentioned doesn't mean a gun wasn't recovered. Do you really trust the Star Advertiser for all your facts??? LOL!
on October 16,2013 | 01:41PM
Senior_Researcher wrote:
Without more, gotta agree with Hanabata. Skeletal remains in remote area with GSW to the head = suicide? Really?
on October 16,2013 | 11:26AM
Oio wrote:
PoiPounder808 and HanabataDays both have interesting points given, we only have a newspaper article to voice our opinions, and an autopsy comes after a newspaper article hits the page. My understanding is that an unattended death is a death whereby a physician isn't immediately caring for a patient or at the scene before the person dies. So, yes, if you had a sudden heart attach and died in your home, your death would be an "Unattended Death". If you were found with a massive headshot, and the forsenics indicate a suicide, and you had a cardiac arrest before bleeding to death, the ME might say you died in a suicide attempt, even though the cause of death was cardiac arrest. If a person's life is so tragic and not worth living for, we have pity as their life wasn't so normal, and warm and fuzzy. But worse, they somehow could make reason to try to seek help . But it's never easy I guess.
on October 16,2013 | 04:12PM
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