HONOLULU (KHON2) — A suspect is in custody after a gruesome discovery at Mililani High School on Monday morning. A woman’s body was found inside a burning car in the school parking lot.
Honolulu Police Department said witnesses called 911 just before 7 a.m. about a car that was on fire in the parking lot.
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“Police dispatch sent officers to the vehicle fire and observed that a male suspect was opening and closing doors during the fire and fled on foot,” said Lt. Deena Thoemmes, of the HPD Homicide Division.
Schools are on spring break. Police said the suspect, a 25-year-old man, was also seen carrying some type of knife.
Police said with the help of some witnesses, officers were able to locate the suspect less than a mile away.
“Witnesses continued to follow that male until the other officers arrived. Officers were able to locate the male and detained him until he was positively identified by the witnesses,” said Thoemmes.
Firefighters called to the scene made the shocking discovery.
“After extinguishing the fire, HFD located a female body deceased within the burned vehicle. Officers then arrested the male suspect that they had detained for murder in the second degree,” said Thoemmes.
Area residents are alarmed that this can happen in their neighborhood.
“It’s shocking, super concerning it happened in the school parking lot. We walk here every day, it’s shocking,” said resident Megan Zuelke.
The Department of Education sent a statement which said, “The Department stands ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation, if needed… no students were impacted because school is on spring break.”
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HPD said this is an ongoing investigation.