Body Found in Apparent Murder 02-18-01

PHONE: 961-2252
FEBRUARY 18, 2001

Hilo Criminal Investigation Section detectives are investigating the death of an unidentified young local male in what has been classified as a murder case.

Responding to a 6:45 a.m. call Sunday (February 18, 2001), Puna patrol officers found the body of a young male on the shoulder of the road near the Keaau Underpass.

The unidentified victim appeared to be a local male in his late teens or early 20s, being 5-feet-5 to 5-feet-8 in height and weighing 140 to 150 pounds.

Hilo Criminal Investigation Section detectives have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Anyone with information about the identity of the victim or the circumstances surrounding his death is asked to call Detective Greg Esteban of the Hilo CIS at 961-2384 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. The numbers are answered 24 hours a day. Callers will be given a coded number and their identity will remain anonymous. Callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if their call leads to an arrest, indictment or the recovery of property. Crime Stoppers neither subscribes to “Caller ID,” nor does it record phone calls.

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