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Police investigating possible drowning of New York woman

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Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a possible drowning involving a 46-year-old woman visiting from New York that occurred in South Kohala on Wednesday morning.

The woman has been positively identified as Elizabeth L. Grace, of Loudonville, New York.  
At 8:52 a.m., South Kohala patrol officers responded to a report of a possible drowning off of the 68-1300 block of South Kaniku Drive. When officers arrived on scene, the victim was being tended to by Hawai‘i Fire Department and medical personnel.

In the course of investigation, police learned Grace had been snorkeling when she started experiencing difficulties and was brought to shore by a bystander. Medics transported Grace to Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital where she was pronounced deceased at 10:14 a.m.
Police have begun a coroner’s inquest and ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. No foul play is suspected.
Police ask anyone with any information regarding this incident to please contact South Kohala District Sergeant Keith Nacis at 808-887-3080, or via email at [email protected].


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