Kauai police are investigating an unattended death after a woman was found dead following a brush fire in Hanapepe on New Year's Eve.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. Sunday, firefighters responded to a report of a brush fire along Kaumuali'i Highway in the vicinity of mile marker 18 in Hanapepe. After extinguishing the fire, firefighters discovered a woman's body located in a ditch along the highway.

An autopsy is scheduled to identify the woman and determine the cause of her death.

The incident remains under police investigation.

Anyone with information on the woman's identity, or this incident, is urged to call Assistant Chief of the Investigative Services Bureau Bryson Ponce at 241-1681 or Police Dispatch at 241-1711.

A black Lab mix dog was also found roaming the area near the victim. Anyone who may have seen this dog on Sunday beforehand is asked to call police, as it may lead to more information pertinent to the case.

During the fire and on-scene investigation, police closed the eastbound lane of Kaumuali'i Highway and alternated traffic through the westbound lane until about 11 p.m.