08-05-19 Body found on roadway in Puna

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section
Acting Lieutenant Todd Pataray
Phone: (808) 961-2382
Report No. 19-061699



Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested a Pāhoa man in connection with a body found on the roadway in Puna today (August 5).

At approximately 1:56 a.m., this morning (August 5) patrol officers responded to Highway 137 northeast of Kamā‘ili Road in Puna, after a passing motorist reported a body lying in the middle of the roadway. Officers arriving at the scene found a deceased adult male lying on his back with apparent injuries to his head and body. The victim has been positively identified as 38-year-old Reginald Little Brave of a Pāhoa. 

On Monday morning, Detectives of Area 1, Criminal Investigations Section, arrested the victim’s nephew, 26-year-old Daryl Peneaux, for suspicion of second-degree murder after Peneaux informed the police that he was involved in a physical altercation with Little Brave before this incident.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this investigation, which has been classified as a murder.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the victim’s exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone with any information about this incident to call the Police Departments non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or contact Detective William Brown at (808) 961-2384 or via email at William.brown@hawaiicounty.gov.

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