Big Island Police Asking Public’s Help in Identifying Human Remains

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying human remains found in Kona last week.

HPDBadgeShortly after 7:30 a.m. Friday (September 27), Kona patrol officers responded to a report of human remains found in a vacant lot on the south side of Ololi Street in Kailua-Kona.

Officers found the decomposed body of a man believed to be a Caucasian between 50 and 60 years old, about 5-foot-3 and 150 pounds. All his upper teeth were capped. He was wearing shorts made of sweatshirt material, water socks and a jade crucifix hanging from a string around his neck. Found near the body was a dark backpack. The man may have been living on the empty lot.

An autopsy performed Friday determined that he died of natural causes.

Police ask anyone who may know his identity to contact Detective Joshua Lewis at 326-4646, extension 228, or jlewis@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Human Remains Found on Top of Mauna Kea

Hawaiʻi Island police received a report Tuesday (July 30) of human remains that had been discovered at a remote location at the 12,000-foot elevation of Mauna Kea.

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On Friday, police conducted a check of the area with the assistance of officers from the State Department of Land and Natural Resources and a ranger from the Office of Mauna Kea Management. They located the human remains.

Detectives are conducting checks to determine identity of the remains.