UPDATED: Captain Cook Man Found Murdered
***Updated at 11:15 a.m. to include the identity of the man. ***
In a Wednesday release, the Hawai’i Police Department identified the man who died Sunday as 69-year-old Dolores Borja Valle of Hōlualoa.
***Original story posted at 10:29 a.m.***
The Hawai’i Police Department reports that the body of a man located Sunday morning in Captain Cook was murdered.
Police report that an autopsy conducted on Tuesday afternoon determined that the man died of sharp and blunt force trauma to the head.
The death, initially listed as a coroner’s inquest investigation, has been reclassified as murder as an investigation into the incident continues by Area II Criminal Investigation Section detectives.
On Sunday morning, a woman walking her dogs reported to police that an unresponsive body was found in a coffee field off Keopuka Mauka Road. Police say the woman found the body after one of her dogs wandered off to the man. The man was pronounced dead at Kona Community Hospital at 3:50 p.m. Sunday.
Anyone with information regarding the case should call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, extension 238 or e-mail [email protected]. Individuals can also contact Detective David Matsushima by calling 326-4646, extension 228 or by e-mailing [email protected].
Those who prefer to remain anonymous should call the Big Island Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300.