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Big Island Police Release Folks Arrested on Suspicion of Hilo Murder

Hawaiʻi Island police have released two people who were arrested Wednesday (March 26) on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 59-year-old Hilo man.
HPDBadgeResults of an autopsy conducted Friday afternoon (March 28) on the body of Robert A. Evanson are being deferred pending further tests.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, detectives released 63-year-old Elsworth Hulihee of Hilo and 52-year-old Rhonda Faris of Pāhoa from police custody pending further investigation.

Evanson was found unresponsive Wednesday (March 26) in an apartment complex in Hilo.

Big Island Police Identify Victim in Hilo Murder

Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the victim in a murder investigation as 59-year-old Robert A Evanson of Hilo.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday afternoon (March 28) to determine the cause of death.

UlulaniAt 7:32 p.m. Wednesday (March 26), police responded to a reported disturbance at an apartment complex on the 100 block of Ululani Street in Hilo. Upon arrival, police discovered Evanson’s lifeless body in an apartment unit. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, were he was officially pronounced dead.

Rhonda Faris

Rhonda Faris

Police arrested 52-year-old Rhonda Faris of Pāhoa and 63-year-old Elsworth Hulihee of Hilo on suspicion of second-degree murder.

Elsworth Hulihee

Elsworth Hulihee

They remain at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Big Island Police Investigating a Murder at Hilo Apartment Complex

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a murder Wednesday (March 26) at a Hilo apartment complex.

Ululani

At 7:32 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to a reported disturbance at an apartment complex on the 100 block of Ululani Street. Upon arrival, police discovered the lifeless body of a 59-year-old man in an apartment unit. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, were he was pronounced dead.

Police arrested 52-year-old Rhonda Faris and 63-year-old Elsworth Hulihee at the scene on suspicion of second-degree murder. They are being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

The victim was identified through fingerprints. His identity is being withheld pending notification of his family.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Clarence Davies at 961-2384 or cdavies@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 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.