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Police investigate deaths of Kauai couple found on beaches

February 16, 2019

WAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — Kauai police have opened a homicide investigation after finding the bodies of a recently married couple on separate beaches.

It’s not clear how the two died.

Tia Obrero of Koloa was found on Kitchens Beach at around 6 a.m. Thursday. Preliminary evidence indicated the 26-yar-old may have been killed as a result of an assault. She was reported missing three hours earlier.

Michael Blackstad was found on a rocky shoreline behind Kauai Beach Resort at 2 p.m. that afternoon after a land-and-sea search was launched for him.

Police say the two were believed to be together when Obrero went missing.

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