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Woman found in waters off Na Pali Coast identified

Kauai police identified a woman found in waters off the Na Pali Coast Wednesday afternoon as 39-year-old Ramona van Schendel of the Netherlands.

“We are very grateful to our community for their care and concern,” said Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry in a statement. “We received numerous calls, emails and tips in response to our request for assistance, which helped us to identify this woman and notify her family. I join the rest of our Kauai community in sending her loved ones our deepest aloha.”

Police believe she was hiking along the Kalalau Trail when she lost her footing and fell down a cliff roughly three miles from the Ke’e Beach trail head.

According to officials, the woman was found unresponsive by bystanders riding a jet ski off the Kalalau Trail roughly 20 feet from the shoreline.

She was brought to lifeguards at Ke’e Beach where she was presumed dead on arrival.

An autopsy revealed that she died from blunt force trauma to the head caused by the fall. Police don’t suspect foul play factored in her death.

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