Sunnyvale Woman Swept Away in Hawaii

Sansan Sheng had traveled to Hawaii ahead of a planned work conference.

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012  |  Updated 9:13 AM PDT
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A trip to Hawaii turned into tragedy for a Bay Area woman.  58-year-old Sansan Sheng from Sunnyvale died after she was swept into the ocean while crossing a rain-swollen stream on the island of Kauai.  NBC Bay Area's George Kiriyama reports from Sunnyvale.

A trip to Hawaii turned into tragedy for a Bay Area woman. 58-year-old Sansan Sheng from Sunnyvale died after she was swept into the ocean while crossing a rain-swollen stream on the island of Kauai. NBC Bay Area's George Kiriyama reports from Sunnyvale.

The body believed to be that of a hiker swept out to sea while trying to cross a stream on Kauai has been identified as a woman visiting from the Bay Area.

Sansan Sheng of Sunnyvale, Calif., was pulled from the ocean after her body was spotted by a tour boat Sunday. It had floated four miles from the coast.

Her body was recovered the day after witnesses reported a person trying to cross a stream was swept away by strong currents during foul weather.

Kauai County officials say the 58-year-old woman was traveling alone and had been scheduled to attend a conference on the island later this week. 

Her family has been notified and an autopsy will be conducted.

Sheng was a spiritual teacher with Crimson Circle. Her bio for the school says she was a certified teacher for "Sexual Energy School" and "Aspectology School." 

She is survived by a husband and two adult sons.
 

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