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Hawaii County police identify body found in Waipio Valley

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Hawaii County police have identified the body found in Waipio Valley on Sunday as 22-year-old Lindsey Nickerson of Kailua-Kona.

An autopsy performed Tuesday found Nickerson died of asphyxia due to drowning.

Nickerson got separated from a tour group of 25 hiking in Waipio Valley.

She was last seen alive Saturday afternoon.

Fire Department personnel discovered a female body at 2 p.m. Sunday near a tea house after finding Nickerson’s belongings near the Hiilawe River.

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