Honolulu police identify body found in Oahu
HONOLULU (AP) — Police have identified a body found by a Hawaii couple who stopped along the side of a road over the weekend to collect cans and bottles and discovered a man’s remains in a plastic garbage bag.
Police said Tuesday the name of the deceased is Alex Gonzales. His dismembered body was found Sunday by Sheer Sotero of Waianae and her husband, Joseph, who called police after finding body parts spilling out of the trash bag along Mililani Cemetery Road on Oahu, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/18tZElA) reported.
Police released Gonzales’ name on Twitter and posted a photo of him wearing a green shirt.
Photos issued by police showed tattoos of a cross and distinctive, angular lines on a large upper arm. The words “Evil,” ”Pain” and “Hatered” were tattooed in a band around the man’s wrist, according to police.
Sheer Sotero said she and her husband had visited her grandmother’s grave Sunday afternoon and afterward decided to pick up recycling items along the hillside road.
“I could smell this really foul smell, and it was getting stronger,” she said.
About 15 feet off the road, over a guardrail, they saw a garbage bag with an upper torso and an arm sticking out, Joseph Sotero told Hawaii News Now. A black suitcase was next to the body. They called 911 and waited for police.
The garbage bag likely tore open as it slid down the hillside, Sheer Sotero said. Police obtained their information, took photos of the couple and inspected their truck.
“By the time we left, they found every part of his body, but it was just spread out everywhere,” Sheer Sotero said.