Kona Victim Dies of Apparent Beating 07-09-01

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
KONA CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION SECTION
DETECTIVE GILBERT GASPAR
PHONE: 326-4229
JULY 9, 2001
G-73374

MEDIA RELEASE

Kona Criminal Investigation Section detectives are investigating the death of a man who apparently had been beaten Sunday (July 8, 2001) at a Kona beach park.

The victim was identified as Alden Pauline, 46, of a Kailua-Kona address.

Police received call at 10:05 p.m. Sunday that a man was lying on the ground at the Kahaluu Beach parking lot. Responding officers called Fire Rescue personnel, who treated the victim for head injuries and took him to the Kona Community Hospital for further treatment.

At 11:32 a.m. Monday, Pauline was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police have reclassified the case from an assault to a murder and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. Kona CIS detectives are continuing the investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Gilbert Gaspar of the Kona CIS 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 identity of Crime Stoppers callers are kept strictly confidential.

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