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UPDATE: Murder in Nanawale: Autopsy Reveals Blunt Trauma

December 17, 2012, 9:56 AM HST
* Updated December 19, 7:50 AM
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***Updated at Dec. 18 at 4:30 p.m. with victim’s identity, autopsy results.***

Police have opened a murder investigation following the discovery of a body in Puna.

On Sunday, Dec. 16 at about 5:08 p.m., police responded to a call of a male victim with an apparent head injury in the Nanawale Estates subdivision. Officers discovered the deceased victim in his home.

Police arrested 36-year-old Jason Russell Jump in Pahoa at 10:35 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17. He was being held in the Hilo police cellblock on suspicion of second-degree murder.

Update: HPD has released the identity of the victim, identifying him as 54-year-old James V. Johns Sr. of Nanawale Estates.

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The results of an autopsy performed on the victim were also released. Examiners found that Johns died of injury to the brain caused by blunt force trauma.

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Area I Criminal Investigations Detectives are continuing the investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information on this incident contact Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or [email protected].

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

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