Waikoloa Information Update # 2 for February 19th, 2020

The Hawaii Police Department (HPD) releases more details in the discovery of a body found south of Anaeho‘omalu Bay in Waikoloa Wednesday morning (February 19th) and also report an arrest has been made in connection with the discovery.

Hawai’i Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area II Act. Captain Thomas Shopay Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 266 Report No. 20-014412


Hawaiʻi Island Police are conducting a criminal investigation after the discovery of a body this morning (February 19) near ʻAnaehoʻomalu Bay in the district of South Kohala.


The identity of the female body is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin. However, the body was located in the general area where Smriti Saxena (F-41 of Bellevue, Washington) was reported as a missing person and last seen Tuesday evening(February 18).


Sonam Saxena (M-43 of Bellevue, Washington) had been arrested on the count of Murder in the second- degree as detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this investigation.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.


Police ask anyone who may have been in the area of the south beach area of ʻAnaehoʻomalu Bay Tuesday evening (February 18) to please contact Detective Keith Simeona at (808) 326-4646 x281 or email Keith.Simeona@hawaiicounty.govor the police department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

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