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Murder Investigation Launched, Man Found Dead at Ka‘ahumanu Church

July 9, 2018, 2:21 PM HST
* Updated July 9, 3:31 PM
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Ka’ahumanu Church. Courtesy file photo.

Wailuku police officers responded to Kaʻahumanu Church located at 103 South High Street in Wailuku to investigate a report of an adult male who was found lying face down and unresponsive on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

The male victim, who was identified as 54 year old Kevin Ernst with no local address, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police did not specify where on the property Ernst was found.  Area residents say they have noticed a regular homeless presence on the lawn area near the corner of South High Street and Main Street.

Police say the exact cause of Ernst’s death is still under investigation, but they have launched a second degree murder investigation into the incident.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact Detective John Surina at 270-6515.

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