Help sought in identifying remains


Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying human remains found in Kona last week.

Shortly after 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Kona patrol officers responded to a report of human remains found in a vacant lot on the south side of Ololi Street in Kailua-Kona. Officers found the decomposed body of a man believed to be a Caucasian, between the age of 50 and 60, about 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. All his upper teeth were capped. He was wearing shorts made of sweatshirt material, water socks and a jade crucifix hanging from a string around his neck, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Found near the body was a dark backpack. The man may have been living on the empty lot, police said.

An autopsy performed Friday determined he died of natural causes, police said.

Anyone who may know his identity should contact Detective Joshua Lewis at 326-4646, ext. 228, or jlewis@co.hawaii.hi.us. Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 329-8181 in Kona or 961-8300 in Hilo. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.