Maui Police investigators released information this week that Molokai murder victim Koshari Kahikili Waits was killed by a single gunshot wound to the back of the head.
Waits, 19, was found dead one month ago near the area where he lived in Mapulehu on Molokai’s East End. A man on a moped saw Kahikili lying motionless on a dirt roadway at 6:45 a.m. on May 20 in the area of Kamehameha V Highway and milepost 15.
The following day, Jeffrey K. Davis, a 39-year old male with no local address, was placed under arrest in connection with the murder. Davis was not charged and has been released.
Earlier this week, the television news station KITV exclusively reported that Waits’s family is offering a $25,000 reward for information that will lead to an arrest and a conviction. They plan to place an ad this week in The Maui News and the Molokai Dispatch newspapers.
Right now, investigators are processing forensic evidence at the Honolulu Police Department, KITV reported. However, according to Koshari’s mom Nancy Campbell-Kowardy, Detective Lee on Maui, who was part of the investigation on Molokai, said the evidence is still on Maui waiting for the lab in Honolulu to say they are ready to receive it.
“It has been one month since the autopsy was completed and yet the forensic evidence has not even been requested by the lab in Honolulu,” wrote Campbell-Kowardy in an email today.
“I’m really praying that if anybody has any real information they can help answer some of these questions and help us as a family to give us some kind of peace so I don’t have to be laying awake at night wondering what happened,” Campbell-Kowardy told KITV.
Campbell-Kowardy emphasized in her email that Koshari’s extended family on his father’s side will be offering the reward and taking out the newspaper ads, not her.
There’s also a Facebook group called “In Loving Memory of Koshari Nalu Kahikili Waits.”
The Pu’u O Hoku Ranch on Molokai, where Koshari worked, is holding a surf clinic in his honor in Halawa Valley on July 2.