Police identify Hilo murder victim


Hawaii Island police have identified the victim in a murder investigation as 59-year-old Robert A. Evanson of Hilo.

An autopsy was scheduled for Friday afternoon to determine the cause of death, police said.

At 7:32 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to a reported disturbance at an apartment complex on the 100 block of Ululani Street in Hilo. Upon arrival, police discovered Evanson’s lifeless body in an apartment unit. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, were he was officially pronounced dead.

Police arrested 52-year-old Rhonda Faris of Pāhoa and 63-year-old Elsworth Hulihee of Hilo on suspicion of second-degree murder. They remain at the Hilo police cellblock while Area I Criminal Investigations Section detectives continue the investigation.