Murder victim identified as missing Hawaiian Acres man


Big Island police have identified the remains found off the “Tree Planting Road” off Stainback Highway in Hilo as a 44-year-old Hawaiian Acres man who was initially reported missing and later determined to be a murder victim.

Dante Peter Gilman was identified through dental records, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Police are withholding a cause of death pending additional forensic analysis, as well as working with an anthropologist from the Joint POW Accounting Command/Central Identification Laboratory from the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Oahu to perform additional examinations.

Around 5:18 a.m. Jan. 22, police received an anonymous tip of a body off the “Tree Planting Road.” Police were conducting a search in the area for the body of Gilman, who was initially reported as missing. A murder investigation into his disappearance was initiated and Claude Keone Krause and his cousin, Kawena Krause, were both charged in that case.

Anyone with information on this case should call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email him at dmorimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us. Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.