Body of Slain Child Found in Vacant House 09-28-01

PHONE: 961-2251
SEPTEMBER 28, 20001


Puna police and fire rescue personnel looking for a lost child found the body of a 6-year-old girl who had been murdered, apparently in a vacant house in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision of Puna.

Responding to a 6:03 p.m. call reporting a missing child, police and fire rescue personnel started a search in the immediate area of the child’s home.

At 8:30 p.m., searchers discovered the body of the victim in a vacant house on Opihi Street. The victim was taken to the Hilo Medical Center, and police have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police are withholding the victim’s name until positive identification can be made. No other details were immediately available.

Police have classified the case as a murder.

They are asking that anyone with information about the slaying or who observed unusual activity Thursday afternoon and evening to call Detective Andrew S. Burian of the Hilo Criminal Investigation Section at 961-2381 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. Crime Stoppers keeps the identities of callers strictly confidential.

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