Sun. Mar 26th, 2023

A 36-year-old Hawaiian woman who was reported missing last week and later found dead in a Waikele apartment had been bound and strangled, Honolulu police said in a news conference Monday.

Johnalynn Ilae’s body was discovered about noon Saturday in a Waikele apartment building.

HPD Lt. Deena Thoemmes said Ilae was found in a bathtub with her wrists bound with zip ties.

An autopsy later confirmed her cause of death was likely strangulation and her manner of death homicide.

She said that last week Ilae went to meet 48-year-old Frank Camaro, who was also later reported missing.

The two had an altercation while in a car together, Thoemmes said, that continued when they went to the Waikele unit.

“Frank and Johnalynn knew each other. They drove to White Plains Beach to discuss things in his vehicle,” Thoemmes said, adding they later went to the Waikele unit.

“Frank gained control over her and strangled her.”

Camaro disposed of Ilae’s body in the bathtub before driving to the Ala Moana Hotel, where he fatally shot himself.

Officers used digital tracking to find Camaro’s body.

Ilae was a longtime employee of First Hawaiian Bank. The bank issued a statement Saturday calling her a “well-loved team member.”

The statement continued:

“Those of us who were fortunate enough to know and work with her have lost a dear friend. We will be making counseling services available for our employees … and are keeping Johnalynn, her family and her friends in our thoughts during this difficult time.”

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By Buffy Gunner

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