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Access to Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, Ha‘ena State Park remain closed

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Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 12:45 am

KE‘E — Police reopened Kuhio Highway at Limahuli Thursday evening, allowing vehicular access to Ke‘e Beach for the first time since Sunday evening.

Access to the Kalalau Trail from the Ke‘e Beach trailhead remains closed until further notice as the search continues for Justin Wynn Klein. He is wanted by police for reportedly throwing a hiker from a cliff near Kalalau Beach Sunday afternoon.

The victim, a 31-year-old woman from Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, sustained multiple injuries from a roughly 15-foot drop. She has been upgraded from critical to stable condition at Wilcox Memorial Hospital, according to a county news release.

The woman was camping in Kalalau. A companion reportedly witnessed the incident.

A spokesperson with the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu said Thursday that the victim’s mother is now on Kaua‘i. She was able to speak very briefly with her daughter, who has no recollection of what happened, the spokesperson said.

Access to Kalalau via the Ke‘e Beach trailhead remained closed as the crime scene investigation and search for the suspect continues. The road to Ke‘e Beach was re-opened at 6 p.m. Thursday.

DLNR spokesperson Deborah Ward on Wednesday said the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park and Ha‘ena State Park remain closed as DOCARE enforcement officers assist in controlling the crime scene and in the search for the suspect.

“We are cooperating with Kaua‘i Police Department in a law enforcement activity, and cannot give any further details,” Ward said. “There is no information as to when the parks might reopen.”

Anyone who is holding a camping permit for the days that the park is closed should contact the Hawai‘i State Park office to request a refund or reschedule their permit, Ward said. Call the office at 274-3444 or email dlnr@hawaii.gov.

“The office will issue refunds or offer assistance in rescheduling a later date,” Ward added. “They cannot answer any other questions.”

Klein is described as a Caucasian male, 6 feet 1 inch tall, with brown hair in a Mohawk haircut. He may have a mustache and a beard, and has a tribal band tattoo on his left arm. Klein was last known to live in Kilauea. He is considered dangerous and should not be approached.

Anyone with information on Klein’s whereabouts is asked to call the Kaua‘i Police Department at 241-1711.

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  • outofhere posted at 11:46 am on Thu, Dec 27, 2012.

    outofhere Posts: 664

    RGJR...you exemplify the reason weapons must be strictly controlled. Remember "innocent until proven guilty?" You are more the menace to society with your lust for guns.
    Ruthann Jones

  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 7:11 pm on Fri, Dec 21, 2012.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    Does it matter if he's still in one piece for the reward?

  • orkfan4joy posted at 11:02 am on Fri, Dec 21, 2012.

    orkfan4joy Posts: 0

    Don't worry, he'll be caught. Today, cell phones/video/pictures are helping to catch criminals. Also, a secret witness number should be available to anyone that want to remain anonymous. Kauai should increase Park Ranger or Police Officer presence/patrols and build a sub-station there in the park. Most the these derelicts are using consuming large quantities of alcohol and other drugs, especially controlled substances such as meth, spice, bath salts, & heroin and most often are involved in illegal activities in the area.

  • Dumbest posted at 8:35 am on Fri, Dec 21, 2012.

    Dumbest Posts: 101

    Maybe now the gang of good for nothings will be sent out of Kalalau and the public can go in there without worrying they will be targets for theft, violence, begging and general harassment.

  • Beth Tokioka posted at 8:09 am on Fri, Dec 21, 2012.

    Beth Tokioka Posts: 6

    TGI failed to mention that there is a REWARD being offered for information that leads directly to the arrest of this suspect. The reward is $1,000. Please, if anyone has information call the Kauai Police Department at 241-1711. Check out the County of Kauai Facebook page for more information on the reward.

    Beth Tokioka

  • Chrisbielle posted at 7:40 am on Fri, Dec 21, 2012.

    Chrisbielle Posts: 40

    Kauai needs K9 officers. Dogs would find him.

  • waniniboy posted at 6:36 am on Fri, Dec 21, 2012.

    waniniboy Posts: 183

    I think this guy is long gone and that he saw KPD coming from a long way away. They should have done the manhunt like other hunts - using stealth and outsmarting the target. Now it's time to reopen the park.

  • royalroots1 posted at 6:33 am on Fri, Dec 21, 2012.

    royalroots1 Posts: 25

    My co-worker just saw dis guy up loop road. Shaved head, full back pack and boots when hiking up there as soon as he noticed they saw him he started running into da mountains. I hope they catch him! People like this make our islands look bad. He better watch out for the hunters his face is marked.

  • Arjay posted at 3:07 am on Fri, Dec 21, 2012.

    Arjay Posts: 0

    He got away again?!


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