Park Ranger’s Body Found 12/12/99

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
KONA CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION SECTION
LIEUTENANT HENRY W. HICKMAN
PHONE: 329-4203
DECEMBER 12, 1999

MEDIA RELEASE

The body of a U.S. park ranger was found Sunday (December 12, 1999) at the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park in North Kona.

Responding to an 11:21 a.m. call, Kona police found the body of Ranger Steve Makuakane-Jarrell, 47, in a brush area of the park near the shoreline.

Makuakane-Jarrell suffered an apparent gunshot wound, police said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, assisted by Kona Criminal Investigation Section detectives, is leading an investigation into the death. Police have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Further information and updates will be available from FBI Supervisory Special Agent John Gillies (808) 521-1411 in Honolulu.

Anyone with information about the park ranger’s death is asked to call the FBI at the Honolulu number or 329-5106 in Kona or the police at 326-4646.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. 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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