8-04-21 (Update) Police Identify Puna Murder Victim

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

Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island police detectives have identified the male victim whose body was discovered at MacKenzie State Recreation Area in Puna, on Saturday, July 31, 2021, as 76-year-old Michael Rosenbaum, of Pahoa.

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

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 between July 22 and 24, 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 or Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2252 or email rio.amon-wilkins@hawaiicounty.gov.

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