02-15-20 Police investigate body found at homeless encampment in Hilo

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigation Section – Area I
Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins
Phone: (808) 961-2252
Report no.: 20-013282

Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island Police are conducting a death investigation after the discovery of a body Friday evening (February 14) at a homeless encampment on the edge of the Wailuku Riverbank in Hilo.

The victim has been positively identified as 28-year-old Isaac Wessel-Rivera of Hilo.  

Responding to a call just before 9:00 p.m. Friday evening, South Hilo Patrol officers discovered the deceased body within the encampment. A male subject was taken into custody for questioning. He is identified as 32-year-old Westen Tegman of Hilo.

Police detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this investigation.

An autopsy will be performed early next week to determine the exact cause of death.  

Police ask anyone who may have been in the area of the Wainaku Scenic Lookout last Sunday evening (February 9) to please contact Detective Blaine Morishita at (808) 961-2385 or email Blaine.Morishita@hawaiicounty.gov or Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins at (808) 961-2252 or email Rio.Amon-Wilkins@hawaiicounty.gov or the police department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

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