Puna murder (update No. 3 corrected)

PHONE: 961-2252
FEBRUARY 28, 2007
REPORT NO. C07006429


(Corrected to reflect correct charged date)

Police have identified the burned remains of a male found in the remote Waawaa subdivision this past Sunday (February 25, 2007) as that of 21 year-old Tyrone Torres of Puna. Identification was made with the assistance of a forensic odontologist.

Puna patrol officers investigating a reported shooting, located the burned remains of the victim within a vehicle which has been set on fire near the shoreline in the Waawaa area of lower Puna. Due to the condition of the body, police were unable to immediately identify the victim.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Section as part of their investigation were searching for the juvenile suspected in the killing when they received information from a member of the suspect’s family of his location. He was taken into custody without incident.

Detectives charged the suspect Monday (February 26,2007) with second degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, second degree arson and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. Custody of the juvenile was relinquished to Deputy Sheriffs at the request of the Family Court Probations personnel.

An autopsy performed on the victim revealed that he died as a result of a single shotgun wound to the head.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Richard Sherlock at (808)961-2379. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers at (808)961-8300 in Hilo and (808)329-8181 in Kona. All calls to Crimestoppers are kept confidential.

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