A mother suspects the murder of her eldest son and the death of her youngest son is connected to a crime syndicate.
Court records indicate the eldest son of Janet Salas cooperated with both the FBI and Honolulu Police Department that he witnessed a man being tortured by men associated with alleged crime boss Michael Miske, reports Honolulu News Now.
Miske is facing charges in connection to a murder-for-hire plot that involves kidnapping and racketeering.
The Inquirer describes Salas as a Filipino American mother who lives in Oahu. Fellow inmates murdered her son James in 2019 at the Oahu Community Correctional Center where he was jailed for a parole violation.
The family’s lawyer says the jail repeatedly ignored her son’s request to be moved into an isolation cell out of fear for his own life. The family eventually won a $700,000 settlement in the case.
Last month she discovered the body of her youngest son Michael wrapped in a blanket in a sinkhole at a homeless encampment in Kalaeloa in Honolulu County.
Those at the camp told her that her son hung himself. Police describe his death as unattended and say no foul play is suspected.
That’s a conclusion Janet Salas questions.
“My son hung himself, he died, got off whatever he hung himself on, wrapped himself in a blanket and crawled into a hole?” Salas said.
She says some in the camp may have a connection to Miske, the alleged crime leader. She’s asking for the Honolulu Police to investigate further her son’s death.
Police had no comment.
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