Police recovered a body yesterday morning, Monday, September 23, 2019, from the Ala Wai Canal located on the island of Oahu. The body was identified by the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office and it was determined that the body was a tourist from Minnesota.
The visitor was 51-year-old Shannon Bartholomew of Minneapolis, and her next of kin has been notified. An autopsy was conducted, but results have not yet been released.
The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) classified the death as suspicious due to the position of the body. HPD said her hands and feet were shackled. The canal where Shannon’s body was found divides the Waikiki section of town from the Ala Moana area.
Shannon’s son told Jessica Lani Rich, president and CEO of the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii, that his mother was on an unaccompanied 18-day trip to Hawaii that began on September 5. started Sept. Shannon was the mother of 3 grown children ages 29, 27, and 25 and she had a 4-year-old granddaughter.
Ms. Rich of the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii (VASH) said they had reached out to the woman’s family to offer assistance. VASH responds to visitors in crisis in Hawaii, as well as assists the families of visitors who may be in other countries or states.
“We are working to assist the family in making arrangements and to discover more about what happened. It’s never good news for tourism whenever there’s a body found in the Ala Wai or anywhere else. It makes people nervous and anxious. It’s also just very, very sad,” Rich said.