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Puna Information Update for August 17th, 2020

Puna Coroner’s Inquest Investigation

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo) Team

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 20-062293 Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the discovery of a body found in a remote area in Eden Roc in the Puna District.

Today (August 17) at about 10:26 am, Puna Patrol officers responded to the Eden Roc Subdivision after receiving a report of a body on an unpaved roadway. Upon conducting several checks, police located the body of a male victim.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section and Crime Scene Evidence Specialist responded to the location to continue the investigation and for scene processing. The victim displays suspicious injuries and detectives believe foul play is involved. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin. 

The body was transported to the Hilo Medical Center and was pronounced dead at 3:20 pm today.  An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow to determine the exact cause of death. Detectives are asking for anyone with information on this incident, which is currently classified as a coroner’s inquest, to contact Detective Scotty Aloy at (808) 961-2375 or email him at

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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