Sonam Saxena, Google Cloud Product Manager, has been arrested on the Big Island, Hawaii on suspicion of second degree murder.
A body was discovered near Anaehoomalu Bay, leading to Saxena’s arrest. In an interview he gave to West Hawaii Today prior to his arrest, Saxena said he and his wife Smriti—a Microsoft business program manager—were on a secluded beach south of Anaehoomalu Bay when she had an asthma attack.
“She got an asthma attack right there on the beach and she was feeling weak and she didn’t want to walk all the way back because it’s almost a 20-minute walk back from that beach to our room,” said Sonam Saxena. “So, I said, ‘hey, you know what? You stay here, you have your phone with you and I’ll just go to the room grab your inhaler and pump and come back.’
“I did that. Went to the room, picked up the inhaler, came back, and she was missing.”
Police have not released the identity of the body they discovered, but said it was found in the general area where Smriti Saxena was reported missing and last seen. The police are asking for assistance from anyone who may have been in the area around that time.
Photo: Smriti Saxena – Credit: West Hawaii Today