UPDATE: Police have identified the man found dead along the shore of North Kohala on Friday.
According to a police media release issued on Monday (July 8):
|Hawaiʻi Island police have identified a man whose body was found Friday (July 5) at the bottom of a cliff in North Kohala as 42-year-old Patrick S. Yamura of Hāwī.
Yamura’s body was found Friday evening at the bottom of a cliff near Kapanaia Point in North Kohala. He was officially pronounced dead at North Kohala Community Hospital.
Police do not suspect foul play. The case is being investigated as a coroner’s inquest. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
NORTH KOHALA, Hawaii – The Hawaii County Fire Department has recovered the lifeless body of a man in the area of “Hapu” near Kapanai’a in North Kohala.
According to a fire dispatch, shoreline fisherman reported seeing a body on the shoreline rocks, early Friday evening. The location can only be accessed by four wheel drive vehicles.
The fire department’s North Kohala units arrived a few minutes before 7 p.m. and confirmed finding a the body of a man between 30 to 40 years of age. The body was 80 feet down a cliff on the rocky shoreline. An unattended vehicle was found in the area, as well.
The fire department waited for police detectives to investigate incident. Due to terrain, rescue personnel stationed in Kailua-Kona also responded to assist in the recovery. The victim was then brought to North Kohala Community Hospital by police.
At this time, the cause of death is unknown and is being investigated by police.