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Authorities work to identify woman pulled from Wailuku River

February 26, 2018

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Fire Department has pulled a woman’s body from the Wailuku River.

The department said the woman was pulled from the river on Sunday. A body had been seen going face down over Rainbow Falls the day before.

Authorities said it’s currently unknown if the body is that of missing hiker Kelly Mrowinski, a traveling nurse from the Chicago area who was swept over Piihonua Falls on Jan. 26.

Fire Battalion Chief Matthias Kusch said police officers told him Mrowinski is their only missing person report.

Kusch said the recovered body is that of “a Caucasian female who had not recently drowned.”

An extensive search for Mrowinski late last month and early this month proved unsuccessful.

The department said the river is swollen from recent heavy rains.

Fire officials spent most of Saturday afternoon searching for the body. It was located in an area of strong current in the water. Authorities tagged the body and came back Sunday when conditions allowed for extradition.

“I can only hope that we’ll provide some conclusion for the person’s family in this tragic event,” Kusch said.

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