Firefighters discover a body in ditch on Kauai

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Kauai police are investigating the unattended death of a woman following a brush fire in Hanapepe on Sunday night.

At about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Kauai firefighters responded to a report of a brush fire along Kaumualii Highway in the vicinity of mile marker 18 in Hanapepe. Upon extinguishing the fire, they discovered a woman’s body in a ditch along the highway.

As a result, police closed the eastbound lane of Kaumualii Highway and alternated traffic through the westbound lane until about 11 p.m. An autopsy is being scheduled to identify the woman and determine the cause of her death.

Kauai police are investigating the incident and ask anyone with information to call Bryson Ponce, assistant chief of the investigative services bureau, at 241-1681 or police dispatch at 241-1711.

A dog described as a black Labrador retriever mix was also found roaming the area near the victim on Sunday night. Anyone who may have seen this dog on Sunday is asked to contact police, as it may lead to more information pertinent to the case.

Lane closures to begin on H-1 freeway in Pearl City

Several lanes of the westbound H-1 freeway are scheduled for closure in Pearl City starting at 9 p.m. today, according to the state Transportation Department.

Three lanes will be closed between the Kaonohi Street overpass and the Pearl City/Waimalu offramp (Exit 10) from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. nightly through Friday. Crews will be performing overhead sign work. If necessary, a fourth lane will be closed between the hours of midnight and 4:30 a.m. Electronic message boards will be posted to notify motorists of the closures. Roadwork information will be posted on the DOT website at

Source: 911 in the 808