Ka’u murder 11-15-06

HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENT
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS SECTION, AREA II
CAPTAIN ROBERT HICKCOX
PHONE: 326-4646, EXT. 263
NOVEMBER 14, 2006

MEDIA RELEASE

West Hawaii Criminal Investigations Section detectives arrested Daniel Dejarnette, 53, on Tuesday (November 14, 2006) for the death of his wife, Yu Dejarnette, 56, of Ka’u. He is in custody at the Kona police cellblock.

On Sunday (November 12, 2006), Ka’u patrol officers responded to a report of a woman found on the side of an embankment near her home in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision. The victim was found to have sustained severe head injuries. She was transported to Hilo Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday. The cause of death was attributed to the victim’s extensive head injuries.

Police have reclassified the incident from a home accident to a murder and are continuing their investigation.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to call Detective Jefferson Grantz of the West Hawaii Criminal Investigation Section at 326-4646, extension 275 or the Police Department’s non-emergency number at 935-3311.

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

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