Medical examiner says Makiki woman died from multiple stab wounds

Published  12:33 AM HST Jul 27, 2013
HONOLULU -

New details are emerging in the disturbing murder of 56-year-old Mary Beth San Juan.

The medical examiners autopsy results show the aspiring actress was stabbed multiple times before being found dead in her driveway. 

Neighbors say investigators were on Lemon Road Thursday night searching through a dumpster after a man called in a tip.

"They had taped off this whole area and there were cops. They were digging through trash in this area," said neighbor Mathew Foor.

"It was a wallet and some other things that made him suspicious. The same man goes into the dumpster every single day, and there was a wallet and some other belongings of the person," said neighbor Michael Harley.

Residents say the person was San Juan. The findings, perhaps the latest clues after police released a critical piece of evidence, surveillance video they say shows the suspect and perhaps their motive.

The video shows a man dressed in women's clothing using the victim's ATM card at the First Hawaiian Bank in Manoa Market Place Monday just after midnight. The next day San Juan's car was found by police at Kapiolani park just a short walk from the same dumpster investigators sifted through Thursday night.

"The more details I hear about it the more upsetting it is. Hearing that she was stabbed and different things brings your imagination there and it's really hard," said friend Julia Levanne.

A memorial now fills the driveway where San Juan's ex-husband found her lifeless body, rolled up in a rug. People have been leaving flowers and words of kindness.

"I came to leave a card every day. I'm leaving a little bit of something every day," said San Juan's neighbor Ruth Freedmen.

"Everyone in the acting school and that community that's connected to her wants to help in anyway to find the person who did this," said Levanne.

Police have received about twenty tips since the video of the suspects been released, but they still don't have a name. They believe San Juan was murdered at her home off Punahou Street and that the murderer knew her. If you have any information you're asked to call Crime stoppers at 955-8300.

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