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Police Investigating Partial Skeletal Remains Found in Puna

June 4, 2013, 4:09 PM HST
* Updated June 5, 1:19 PM
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Police said today they are investigating partial skeletal remains which were discovered last month in Puna.

The remains, which were found in a forested area near the 14-mile marker of Highway 130, were reported to police on May 24.

Police said a weapon was also recovered nearby, but they did not identify what type.

Although identification was found with the remains, police said they are waiting for DNA analysis before releasing a name.

Police said a medical examiner who examined the remains was unable to determine a cause of death because of their condition.

The case is being investigated as a coroner’s inquest.

Police declined to speculate on whether the death may have been a suicide, pending further investigation.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Det. Ernest Matsumoto at 961-2379 or [email protected] Callers may also call the police department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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