Boaz Johnson, courtesy Hawaii County Police

Boaz Johnson, courtesy Hawaii County Police

KALAPANA, Hawaii – The missing 22 year old Alaska man and former boyfriend of Brittany Jane Royal, whose body was found floating in the waters off Kalapana on May 28th, is now being considered a suspect in the murder case.

Hawaii County Police issued a media release asking for help in finding Boaz David Johnson, who went missing at the same time Royal’s body was discovered. The two were reportedly on a camping trip together and were said to have had plans to purchase land and live in the Kalapana lava fields.

Here is the police media release, issued on Wednesday:

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating the 22-year-old former boyfriend of a 25-year-old woman whose body was found in waters off the Kalapana coast on May 28. After the completion of additional follows-ups conducted in this investigation, Boaz David Johnson is now considered the suspect in the murder investigation. He may still be on the island.

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

On May 28 at about 6:28 a.m., police received a report that a body was caught in a fishing line from a nearby boat. With the assistance of a Hawaiʻi Fire Department helicopter, the body was retrieved from the ocean and taken to a nearby landing zone, where detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section responded and continued the investigation.

The body was identified through fingerprints as Brittany Jane Royal. The medical examiner ruled that she died as the result of strangulation.

Detectives continue to actively pursue leads in this investigation. Police ask that anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts contact Detective Robert Almeida at 808-961-2386 or, Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 808-961-2278 or, or Lieutenant Gregory Esteban at 808-961-2252 or

Tipsters 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. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.