Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Maureen Kelly

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Maureen Leianuhea Kelly, a 19-year-old Pacific Islander woman who disappeared from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington on June 9, 2013.

Maureen told her friends she was going on a “spiritual quest” and to that end she removed all her clothes and walked off into the woods wearing only a fanny pack carrying some very basic wilderness supplies. She never returned. Her friends waited ten or twelve hours to report her missing.

My guess is she’s still in the forest, perhaps very near to the spot where she went missing. Temperatures that night dipped into the low forties; without any clothes on, she could easily have died of exposure.

4 thoughts on “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Maureen Kelly

  1. Jessica May 9, 2019 / 5:26 am

    How bizarre you should post this when i just happened to remember the case and decided to look and see if she was found. A lot more to the story than initially appears. Drugs definitely involved and some very cryptic comments from her brother about things he supposedly “knows”. I hope she’s found soon.

    • Meaghan May 9, 2019 / 9:59 am

      It doesn’t surprise me that drugs were involved in her naked “spiritual quest.”

    • Mia May 11, 2019 / 12:38 pm

      I was going to comment that they had to have been doing LSD or something.

  2. forthelost May 9, 2019 / 10:39 am

    Even with her clothes on she couldn’t have survived long with those temperatures.

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