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UPDATE: Arrest Made in Hilo Murder Investigation

August 14, 2015, 12:11 PM HST
* Updated August 14, 6:22 PM
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***Updated at 5:45 p.m. to include additional information and a photo from the Hawai’i Police Department.***

The Hawai’i Police Department reports that the suspect in the death of a woman in downtown Hilo early Friday morning, Curtis Hodges, was arrested at a hostel off Waianuenue Avenue in Hilo.

According to Police, the incident was responded to just before 1 a.m. Friday. The woman still has not been identified.

In addition, HPD says that video surveillance is what led them to the identity of Hodges.

***Original story posted at 12:11 p.m.***

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A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder following the discovery of an unresponsive female body on Waianuenue Avenue early Friday morning.

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According to Captain Robert Wagner of the Hawai’i Police Department, officers received a report of an unresponsive female body found in an entrance way to a business on Waianuenue Avenue in Hilo.

“It appeared that she was the victim of foul play,” Captain Wagner said.

The age and identity of the victim has not been verified, said Wagner, who will study the fingerprints of the victim before notifying next of kin.

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Just before 11 a.m. Friday, police arrested Curtis Hodges roughly a block away from the scene. Wagner said that Hodges does not appear to be a Hilo resident. When he was arrested, he was carrying an Illinois state identification card.

Hodges is being processed at the Hilo police cellblock.

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