Police are investigating the cause of a fire and the discovery of a body in a house in Honokaa.
On Tuesday at about 8:21 p.m., police and fire personnel responded to a home in Āhualoa in upper Honokaa after receiving a report of a structure fire and found the structure fully engulfed. Police determined that there was an occupant of the residence who was unaccounted for.
Police and fire personnel discovered the body after extinguishing the fire.
Detectives and an evidence specialist from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section responded and are continuing the investigation, which is classified as a fire and a coroner’s inquest.
Detectives have not released the identity of the deceased person and an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
The structure was deemed a total loss.
Police ask that anyone with information about this case contact Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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