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Human remains unearthed on lot on Alii Drive

KAILUA-KONA — Some ID found at a site of unearthed skeletal remains has given authorities a lead as to their possible identity.

The bones were discovered shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday when Kona patrol officers responded to a report of a contractor who unearthed what appeared to be human bones on an unimproved lot in the area of 75-6000 Alii Drive. The construction worker ceased operations and detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigation Division responded to continue the investigation.

A coroner’s inquest, an investigation by a coroner to determine a cause of death, was opened.

Police returned to the site Wednesday, where detectives recovered more bones, pants or possibly shorts and a baseball cap.

“Also some ID that has given us leads on a possible identity,” said Hawaii Police Department’s Maj. Robert Wagner about the discovery.

The first thing investigators will do, he said, is try to find out who the remains belong to and if foul play was involved.

“Sometimes it’s easy to tell,” Wagner said. “Sometimes it’s really difficult.”

Police ask that anyone who might have information regarding the remains to contact Detective Dominic Uyetake at 326-4646, ext. 228, or via email at dominic.uyetake@hawaiicounty.gov, or call the police nonemergency number at 935-3311.

Those who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Email Tiffany DeMasters at tdemasters@westhawaiitoday.com.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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