Police trying to ID body found near South Point

SOUTH POINT, Hawaii: Hawaii County Police are hoping the public might be able to help them identify a body found over the weekend at a secluded Kaʻū beach.

According to a police media release:

Around 10:27 a.m. Saturday (November 3), a boater who landed at Waikini Beach north of South Point reported discovering human remains at a campsite.

Due to the remote location, police were flown to the campsite in a Fire Department helicopter. They found remains of what they believe is a male, 5-foot-9, with long brown hair. He was wearing shorts and a T-shirt. Brown hiking shoes and socks were located at the campsite, along with a blue backpack and white plastic grocery bags filled with empty food cans and empty soft drink containers. Police found no evidence of foul play at the scene.

Police say an autopsy conducted on Monday also showed no evidence of foul play. The cause of death was undetermined.

Detectives believe the man may have already been dead for one or two weeks before his body was discovered.

Police ask that anyone who knows of anyone missing who fits the description of the person found or who has information about a possible identity call Lieutenant Gerald Wike at 326-4646, extension 266.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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