Waipio Body Found Update 06/04/99

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
HILO CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION SECTION
LIEUTENANT DEREK D. PACHECO
PHONE: 961-2252
JUNE 4, 1999
F-96184

MEDIA RELEASE UPDATE

Preliminary autopsy results have determined that a decomposed body recovered Wednesday (June 2, 1999) from Waipio Valley are apparently those of a Caucasian male.

The body has not yet been identified, however, nor has the cause of death yet been determined. Complete autopsy results are awaiting further tests.

Hilo Criminal Investigation Section detectives have classified the case as a coroner’s inquest and are continuing their investigation.

Responding to a report Tuesday that a possible body had been discovered in the isolated valley, Hamakua patrol officers found the partially buried body near Waipio’s black sand beach.

Hilo CIS detectives excavated the body from the valley at 1:30 p.m. the next day.

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