Hawaii Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Lieutenant Randall Medeiros
April 21, 2008
Report No. C08012254
Media Release (update)
Hawaii County police have identified a body found in Hilo on Sunday ( April 20) as 76-year-old Philip L. Monette of Pahoa.
Beachgoers reported finding the body floating in the water at Reed’s Bay early Sunday afternoon. They moved the body to shore and called 911.
Fire Department personnel determined that the individual was deceased. Responding patrol officers called detectives from the Criminal Investigations Section to investigate. Police have not ruled out foul play. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday (April 22) to determine the cause of death.
Police initially withheld Monette’s name pending positive identification.
Police ask anyone with any information about the case to call Detective Rio Amon-Wilkins at 961-2386 or the Police Department’s non-emergency number at 935-3311. 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.