Manti Te’o “Very Confident” Hawaii Five-O Can Get To The Bottom Of Lennay Kekua Hoax

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Te’o has supplied a photo evidencing his meeting with the Hawaii Five-0 team.

Honolulu—Manti Te’o, University of Notre Dame linebacker and apparent famous hoax victim, said yesterday he met face-to-face with authorities in Hawaii and is “very confident this agency can get to the bottom of the lies and deception” surrounding the internet love hoax perpetrated on Te’o over the last several years.

Te’o said he flew to Honolulu from Florida immediately after his meeting with ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap to sit down with authorities from Hawaii Five-O and provide them with information about his non-existent dead girlfriend Lennay Kekua that he believes can help track down the people behind the hoax.

“After spending a couple hours with Mr. Schaap, I flew to Hawaii to spend some time with some relatives there and also, uhhhh, you know, have a meeting with the Five-O people,” Te’o said. “I had a really productive, informative meeting with a Commander McGarrett and his team, and I feel quite certain that they can uncover, uhhh, using the methods at their disposal, what exactly happened regarding the hoax as it pertains to actions taken by the culprits in the great state of Hawaii.”

Te’o’s father, Brian, confirmed that Manti had informed him of his meeting with the Five-O team, and said his son told him how confident he was after the meeting with the investigators ended. “He told me that he spoke with four members of the agency, and they grilled him about the phone calls and all the interactions he had over the years with the individuals responsible for deceiving him. Manti said he felt really good after the meeting, which took about three and a half hours.”

Te’o said that if the trail goes cold in Hawaii, he is “pretty certain those guys from CHiPs can pick it up and carry on, since we believe a lot of the communication came from California.”

Notre Dame also confirmed that athletic director Jack Swarbrick is looking into the feasibility of hiring California private detective agency Simon and Simon, to investigate the matter if necessary. Te’o had informed Swarbrick of his meetings and past success using that firm in other situations.