Big Island Police Renewing Request for Information on Man Found Dead in Lower Puna

Big Island police are renewing their request for information about the location of a car belonging to a man found dead in lower Puna on January 17.

The body of 62-year-old Dennis Eugene White of Kapoho was found partially submerged near the shoreline in the vicinity of Isaac Hale Beach Park in Pohoiki. A autopsy determined that he died from a head injury.

Although police have not ruled out foul play, the case is currently classified as a coroner’s inquest. Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.

White's Jeep

White’s car was a black or dark green 1998 Jeep Wrangler with a tan soft top with license plate HDY 926. White was last seen driving the Jeep alone in the area of Papaya Farms Road in Kapoho in the early evening hours of January 16.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case or the location of the Jeep call Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or email him at

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

4 Responses

  1. Thanks for notifying his children. He has more than 2 daughters. My brother and I are both as validated in his life as in his death. Strange, my “aunt” could find my number when I inherited money back in ’95, and when I married into a wealthy family, but couldn’t find my number to notify me that my biological father is dead. Sorry for your loss.

  2. May he rest in peace. My prayers are with him and his family.

    • Hello, I am Dennis’s sister, he is home with me now awaiting his Military Burial at Fort Levenworth National Cemetary in Levenworth KS.
      Dennis was a Radio man during the Vietnam era, He used what he learned in this field to become a great video artist and designer . He was in a lot of pain and used Methadone for it. He is now at peace and out of pain but at the hands of a murderer and that is what is so sad.
      Thank you for your kind love of words for his existance.
      Peace to you
      avaawhite his baby sister.

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