Woman found in Ala Wai Canal identified by medical examiner as Minnesota resident

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — On Monday, the Hawaii Police Despertment (HPD) recovered a body from the Ala Wai Canal. According to HPD, the body was found “bound” and “surrounded by suspicious circumstances.”

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, a medical examiner identified the body was Shannon Bartholomew, 51, of Minnesota.

According to the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii (VASH), Bartholomew was traveling alone. Her body was found at the end of an 18-day vacation trip in Hawaii. She arrived on Oahu on Sept. 5.

Bartholomew was a mother of three and a grandmother of a 4-year-old girl, said the organization.

VASH has notified and is currently assisting her family, who lives in Minneapolis.

The medical examiner has yet to release information on how Bartholomew died. For now, police have classified the case as an unattended death.

The investigation is still underway.

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