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Police Seek Help Identifying Remains Found in July at West Hawaii Park

February 7, 2013, 8:08 PM HST
* Updated February 7, 8:12 PM
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Hawai’i Island police are asking for the public’s help identifying a person whose partially decomposed remains were found at the Higashihara Park in Keauhou Mauka on July 19, 2012.

Authorities are hopeful that someone will be able to recognize a two-dimensional facial reconstruction made using the skull recovered at the scene.

Police believe the deceased may have been a middle-aged homeless man who frequented the Kainaliu, Kealakekua and Honalo areas. He is described as having been between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-11.

When the remains were found in July, the deceased was wearing blue jeans and a blue T-shirt that depicted a SpongeBob character and the words “It’s Hip To Be Square.” The man was wearing no shoes at the time his remains were found.

The cause of death is still undetermined at this time.

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Authorities have received a variety of tips from the public with leads about the man’s possible identity, but detectives have since confirmed that all the persons named were still alive.

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Police are asking anyone who knows the identity of a person resembling the man depicted in the sketch to call Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, Ext 238.

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.

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