12-18-20 Hilo Murder Victim Identified

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigation Section – Area I
Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins
Phone: (808) 961-2252
Report No.: 20-096244


Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the male victim whose body was found shot in a vehicle this morning (Friday) at the Puainako Town Center in Hilo.

The victim is identified as 41-year-old Benjamin Craig Davidson, of Hilo.  

On Friday morning, December 18, 2020, shortly after 4:00 a.m., South Hilo Patrol officers responded to the Puainako Town Center for a report of gunshots and man in a vehicle who had been shot. The victim was transported to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. 

An autopsy was performed this morning and concluded Davidson died from multiple gunshot wounds. The manner of death was determined to be homicide.

Detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this second-degree murder investigation. They are following up on leads and are looking to question the operator of a white two-door-sedan that was seen in the area of the victim’s vehicle and then leaving the parking lot. This individual should be considered armed and dangerous.  

Police ask anyone who may have been in the area and witnessed this incident or has information to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective John Balberde at (808) 961-2386 or john.balberde@hawaiicounty.gov.


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