A 30 year old woman from Honomū was found dead at the bottom of a 120 foot gulch in Papa’aloa near Laupahoehoe early Thursday morning.
Police Department detectives have identified the deceased as Jonelle Alvarez.
The Hawaii County Police Department says North Hilo Patrol officers were initially called to the area of Moanalulu Bridge, in the area of the 24-mile marker on the Hawaii Belt Road at 2:10 a.m. on Thursday. Police say there was a report that a woman had jumped or fallen from the bridge.
Fire rescue personnel located the body in the gulch at 9:30 a.m.
An autopsy is scheduled for Friday to determine the exact cause of death.
Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Lieutenant Mitch Kanehailua at 961-2252 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.