9-15-22 Police Investigating Hawaiian Beaches Homicide

Hawai’i Police Department
Criminal Investigation Division – Area I
Captain Rio S. Amon-Wilkins
Phone: (808) 961-2251                                                                                     
Report No.: 22-081439

Media Release

Hawai’i Island police have initiated a homicide investigation in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision, in the Puna District.

Shortly before 5:00 a.m. Thursday, September 15, 2022, Puna Patrol officers responded to a residence on Kahakai Boulevard for a report of an active burglary. It was reported that the residence was being renovated and no one should be on the premises. 

Responding officers found the residence to have numerous shattered glass windows. Checks were made in the residence, and no one was located within. Shortly afterwards, officers observed fresh footprints on the exterior sidewalk area of the residence, and upon investigating further, they located an adult male hiding behind a stone wall bordering the property. He was taken into custody at that time for trespassing. As officers continued to clear the property, the lifeless body of an adult female was located in the yard behind the residence.   

The female victim had numerous blunt force trauma-type injuries about her head and body. She was transported to the Hilo Medical Center and pronounced dead at 10:53 a.m.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section responded to the scene and are continuing this investigation, which is classified as a second-degree murder, as well as trespassing and burglary. The exact involvement of the male taken into custody is still under investigation.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday, September 16, 2022, to determine the exact cause of death.

Police are asking for anyone with information on this incident or who may have been in 15-300 block of Kahakai Boulevard early Thursday morning to contact Detective John Balberde of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section, at (808) 961-2386 or email him at John.Balberde@hawaiicounty.gov.

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