Hawaii mystery: Child's fingers found in trash
The fingers were found in this trash bin a month ago.
March 13th, 2012
08:48 AM ET

Hawaii mystery: Child's fingers found in trash

Police in Honolulu are asking for the public's help in finding the answers to a horrible mystery: How did the fingers of a child end up in a trash bin at a housing complex?

The fingers were found a month ago, according to a Honolulu Police Department news release.

"Laboratory testing has determined that the fingers are those of a child," police said in Monday's release.

The fingers are those of a girl, 2½ to 4 years old, CNN affiliate KHON-TV reported, citing police sources. Six fingers were recovered, according to the report.

Gina Rose Vendegna, who lives near the Kukui Gardens housing complex in Honolulu's Kalihi neighborhood, told KHON that she found the fingers in the trash bin while looking for material to recycle.

When she came across a zippered plastic bag with the fingers inside, she said, she mistook them for ginger root and took them home.

"I'm a gardener, and I recycle, and I thought I'd be able restore them. So I threw them in my purse," KHON quotes Vendegna as saying.

When she got home, she took a second look at her find.

"I knew for a fact those were fingers when I seen the fingernails. And people I tried showing them to tried telling me that it wasn't, that it might be monkey fingers. And I thought just by chance I'm going to call the Police Department, turn 'em in and let them decide," she told KHON.

Police said Vendegna was not a suspect.

Checks of missing person reports and local hospitals, as well as interviews of residents of the housing complex, have not turned up any leads, police told CNN affiliates.

"Twenty-five years in the department, I've not seen something like this where we've just found partial," police Sgt. Kim Buffett told affiliate Hawaii News Now.

Residents of the housing complex are scared.

"I have chicken skin," Noelani Dilyard told Hawaii News Now. "It's creepy. It really is."

Children who live in the complex and use a nearby playground said they were frightened, and adults said they'd be extra cautious with their kids.

"Maybe I never let them go out because, you know, scary," resident Monimer Serna said.

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  1. kkkk

    hi every one

    March 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Niki

      oh look it's an Illuminati member

      March 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    Would mean there were 2 fingers left,6 were missing and 2 thumbs.This is a bad find no matter where they found.My heart goes out to little girl that lost them.Some body put them in a plastic bag,hope some one finds out what happened.Will be hard to live with 6 fingers missing.

    March 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geezus

      Going to take a wild guess and assume they cut the fingers off to delay identification? Pray they find the subhuman waste product that did this to a child.

      March 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Odin

      Dan–have read some of your other comments–do not be so quick to judge–this may be part of their belief system

      March 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • goinggoinggone

      This is just too sad, scary, and weird, and horrifying. This poor little girl, wherever she is!

      March 13, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bigwhitedog

      ....Dan said, off-handedly.....

      March 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tmw7322

    Okay i'm confused about what direction these posts are going. Back to the fingers, awful situation.

    March 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LibsLieOftenNbadly

    Hope they catch this crazy liberal democrat nutjob that did this (98% of our crime is done by democrats).

    March 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • SuzDuJour

      Timothy McVeigh, who killed 168 people and injured over 800, was a registered Republican, which has nothing to do with what happened to this little child...although clearly, conservatives can't seem to muster up compassion or empathy.

      March 13, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vic Pedersen

      Please remember this is about a child and not partisan politics. Someone's child is missing and this little girl is scared if not more seriously injured.

      Stay focused and stop dragging miscellaneous topics

      March 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobDoleSays

      oh my god you sir are an idiot
      -good day

      March 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • What an idiot

      It is best to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.
      Only a knuckledragging fool could find a way to bring politics into something like this.

      March 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      20 bucks says this guy is a dem trying to make repubs look bad.

      March 13, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Odin

      will you ciye your sources or did you just make this up tonight?

      March 13, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SuzDuJour

    How do they know the fingers belonged to a girl?

    March 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ReplyToSuzDuJour

      @SuzDuJour: You asked how they knew they were a girl's fingers. They check the chromosomes in the DNA. XX=girl, XY=boy.

      March 13, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      A quick look at the right pair chromosomes will tell you what gender they came from.

      March 13, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. albert

    Yep, it`s obvious to the mot casual observer, that this is the work of a progressive Democrat.

    March 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • GW

      Don't ne a moron you make the rest of us look bad. Tragic story about this poor girl is not the place to bash the lefties.

      March 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PantyRaid

    This should be a warning to little children that like to steal drugs out of their parents medicine cabinet!

    March 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • diewhydontu

      Yes its obvious only a republitard would make such an insensitive comment on an unrelated story..

      March 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Someone

    who the heck would want to cut off a childs fingers and throw them in the trash?? what the heck??

    March 13, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chuhyona

    Eating Poi takes practice.

    March 13, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick O'Shea

      I stand in awe.

      March 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rick O'Shea

    Cheney did it.

    March 13, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. christine

    I bet its someone who is eating people. Maybe their own child,....and the fingers were "rubbish".........this is too weird, but it has to be someone eating the child and didnt feel like picking the flesh off of the fingers, and then put the fingers in a plastic bag to seal the odor of decaying flesh. It s so gross, but when you think about it, eating human flesh and animal flesh is the same thing. Its ALL barbaric and cruel.

    March 13, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Captain Obvious

    Bush's Fault!

    March 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. wow

    man this is crazy. who ever did this to a child should be found and brought to justice.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Casper

      this deserves death. no one hangs these days. just cushy years on tax dollars. (and I'm a democrat)

      March 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. joey rizzuto

    give those fingers some confection an flour voila lady fingers

    March 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. joey rizzuto

    fingers celery hotsauce..love those fingers from popeyes

    March 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
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