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Indian American Google Manager Arrested in Connection for Wife’s Murder in Hawaii

Sonam Saxena 43, a product manager for Google Cloud, had been arrested on the count of murder in the second-degree.

Sonam Saxena

BELLEVUE, WA- An Indian American man who reported his wife missing in Hawaii’s Big Island and was suspected of murdering her and taken into police custody, has now been released pending further investigation.

Sonam Saxena, 43, of Bellevue, Wash., was arrested Feb. 19 after a woman’s body was discovered near Anaehoomalu Bay in the district of South Kohala.

On Feb. 19, Hawaii Island Police issued a release saying they are conducting a criminal investigation and the identity of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin. However, the woman’s body was discovered “in the general area” where Smriti Saxena, 41, was last seen Feb. 18 evening.

Smiriti Saxena

Sonam Saxena had reported his wife as a missing person Feb. 18.

Saxena, a product manager for Google Cloud, had been arrested on the count of murder in the second-degree.

Hawaii Island Police issued an update Feb. 21 confirming that the body was that of Smriti Saxena and that after conferring with prosecutors, Sonam Saxena was released pending investigation. Detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this investigation, police said.

An autopsy was conducted and further testing is needed to determine the exact cause of death, the release added.

Prior to his arrest, Saxena took to Twitter to state that his wife was missing and police weren’t answering his calls. He also tagged Governor David Ige in his tweet.

Smriti Saxena was a business program manager for Microsoft in Redmond, Wash.

The pair, married for 17 years with two children, ages 13 and 8, go to Hawaii every year to celebrate their eldest child’s birthday, according to the report.

The media reported the couple were taking a walk when the woman had an asthma attack. Sonam rushed to Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort to get his wife’s asthma inhaler, and when he returned to the beach her cell phone and purse were there, but she was missing, The body was discovered the next morning, on Wed., Feb.19 along the shoreline.

Smitri and Sonam both lived and worked in the Seattle area, where he worked for Google and Smitri worked for Microsoft. Saxena moved to Seattle from India in 2008, initially working at Skykick, a cloud computing company.

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