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11-19-21 Police Seek Information About July 2021 Puna Murder

Hawai’i Police Department
Criminal Investigation Section – Area I
Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins
Phone: (808) 961-2252
Report No.: 21-062857

Media Release

Hawai’i Island police are renewing their request for information about an unsolved murder that occurred in July 2021 in Puna.

On July 31, 2021, the body of 76-year-old Michael Rosenbaum was discovered at MacKenzie State Recreation Area in Puna.

Rosenbaum had been reported as a missing person on July 24, 2021. He was reportedly last seen alive on July 22, in Pahoa town.

Rosenbaum’s body was found by a local fisherman on the cliffs below the beach park. An autopsy later concluded that Rosenbaum died from a gunshot wound.

The Area I Criminal Investigation Section is continuing this investigation which is classified as a second-degree murder.

Police ask anyone who may have information relative to this investigation, or who may have seen Rosenbaum in the latter part of July, to call the police department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311, or Detective Jeremy Kubojiri of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2378 or email jeremy.kubojiri@hawaiicounty.gov