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Police searching for three wanted men

Big Island police are asking the public’s help to locate three men, one of whom is wanted in connection with a murder investigation and another for questioning in connection with reported sexual assaults of minors.

Boaz David Johnson, 23, is wanted by the Hawaii County Police Department in connection with the strangulation death of his girlfriend, Brittany-Jane Royal, whose body was found May 28 in waters off Kalapana, according to the department. He is considered dangerous.

Johnson is described as Caucasian, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds with a slim build and a fair complexion. He was last seen unshaven and with medium-length brown hair. He has a tattoo of the upper body of a horse on the right side of his abdomen.

Forty-five-year-old Rudolfo Gomoban Rios Jr., also known as Rudy Rios, of no permanent address, is wanted for questioning in an investigation into multiple sexual assaults involving minors, according to the department. Rios is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing about 145 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Airiel Rhodes Jost, also known as Ariel Jost, of Waikoloa is wanted on three outstanding bench warrants and for questioning in connection with two unrelated robbery investigations, accoording to the department. The 22-year-old is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 145 pounds with strawberry-blond hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about any of these men should call the department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 329-8181 in Kona or 961-8300 in Hilo. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

The cases will be highlighted on “Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted,” a project of Crime Stoppers Hilo Inc., which is a partnership of the business community, the media and the police. The new episode begins airing today at 5:30 p.m. on Na Leo O Hawaii Community Television Channel 54. It also airs Sundays at 5 p.m. and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. on Channel 54 and intermittently on Channel 53.