The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man whose body was discovered in a van in Salt Lake as Henry Lam, 56, of Honolulu.
The cause of his death was pending investigation on Wednesday.
Police said Lam had been reported missing before he was found dead in a vehicle parked on Ala Puumalu Street after 11:25 a.m. Tuesday.The incident began after an Ala Puumalu Street resident reported an abandoned van parked on the street in front of a vacant lot, said a resident who lives on the street and who did not give his name. The white commercial van without rear or side windows had been parked on the street since March 1, the resident said.
Police knocked on his door about 12:30 p.m. and began evacuating Ala Puumalu residents in a roughly two block-stretch near Ala Ulike Place as a precaution, he said.
The man said he watched as the police bomb squad used a robot to smash the van window and two officers suited in protective gear searched inside the van and found a man’s body.
Police detectives, firefighters and paramedics were also at the scene and the Medical Examiner’s Office recovered the body, he said.
An autopsy is scheduled for today.
A Fire Department spokesman said firefighters were sent to the scene for a washdown.
The resident said police allowed residents back into their homes at about 3 p.m.
Police did not release any information on the incident.