Police seek to identify skeletal remains found in Puna 07-26-04

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
EAST HAWAII CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION SECTION
ACTING LIEUTENANT GREG ESTEBAN
PHONE: 961-2252
JULY 26, 2004

MEDIA RELEASE

East Hawaii Criminal Investigation Section detectives have ordered an autopsy to determine the identity of a person whose skeletal remains were found Saturday evening (July 24, 2004) in the Fern Acres subdivision of Puna.

Puna patrol officers responded to a 6:40 p.m. call reporting the discovery of skeletal remains near a residence on Pikake Street.

Detectives said the fully clothed body was so badly decomposed that its sex could not immediately be determined. They have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death and hope to make a positive identification through dental records.

A 46-year-old man, identified as Carl E. New, of a Pikake Street address, was reported missing in the Fern Acres area in June. New was last seen on June 13, 2004, in the general vicinity of where the body was discovered.

Police are continuing an investigation into his disappearance.

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