Body found in bed of pickup truck identified 09-04-02

PHONE: 326-4213


Police have positively identified the body of a man found Tuesday (September 3, 2002) in the bed of a pickup truck as Carl E. Vasconcellos, 47, of Kailua-Kona.

Preliminary results of an autopsy conducted Wednesday indicate that Vasconcellos apparently did not die of foul play. The exact cause of death, however, could not be determined until the results of toxicological tests are completed.

Responding to a 12:23 p.m. call Tuesday, Kona patrol officers found the man’s body in the bed of a small, late-model pickup truck described as light tan or bronze in color. The truck was parked on Laui Street in the agriculture lots of the Kona Palisades subdivision in North Kona.

Kona Criminal Investigation Section detectives said Vasconcellos was last seen alive on Wednesday, August 28, 2002. Neighbors in Kona Palisades reported they saw his truck parked in the subdivision two days later.

Police are asking anyone who knows of Vasconcellos’ activities or whereabouts on or before Friday, August 30, to call Detective Gilbert Gaspar of the Kona Criminal Investigation Section at 326-4229 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 329-8181 in Kona or 961-8300 in Hilo. The numbers are answered 24 hours a day. Callers will be given a coded number and their identity will remain anonymous. Callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if their call leads to an arrest, indictment or the recovery of property. Crime Stoppers neither subscribes to “Caller ID,” nor does it record phone calls.

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