Visitor’s Death 07/31/99

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
KONA CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION SECTION
DETECTIVE WAYNE K. YOUNG
PHONE: 326-4275
JULY 31, 1999
G-01839

MEDIA RELEASE

The body of an elderly woman visiting from Japan was found Friday night (July 30, 1999) floating face down in waters off a Waikoloa resort hotel.

The victim was identified as Asako Murata, 74, of Kyoto, Japan.

Murata was visiting Hawaii with family members. While at the hotel, family members reported her missing to hotel personnel, and a search for the victim began at 9 p.m.

Shortly before midnight, the victim’s body was found floating offshore.

Kona Criminal Investigation Section detectives said there is no evidence of foul play, and they have ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The investigation is continuing, and the case has tentatively been classified as a coroner’s inquest.

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