Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area II
Lieutenant Gerald Wike
Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266
Report No. C12019068
Media Release (update No. 2)
Big Island police are renewing their request for the public’s help in identifying a person whose partially decomposed body was found in a West Hawaiʻi public park on July 19.
Police investigation has turned up evidence that the decedent may have been a middle-aged homeless Caucasian man between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-11 who frequented the Kainaliu, Kealakekua and Honalo areas. When found at Higashihara Park in Keauhou Mauka, he was wearing blue jeans, no shoes and a blue T-shirt depicting a SpongeBob character and the words “It’s Hip To Be Square.”
The cause of death is still undetermined.
Police received numerous tips from the public with leads about the man’s possible identity but detectives confirmed that all the persons named are still alive.
Police continue to pursue forensic efforts to identify the body but ask that anyone who knows of a person fitting that description who is unaccounted for call call Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, Ext 238.
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.