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DLNR: Identity of Mauna Kea Obstruction Suspect Sought

May 24, 2016, 5:07 PM HST
* Updated May 25, 3:22 PM
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The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement is seeking witnesses who may have seen rocks being placed on the Mauna Kea Access Road late in the afternoon on May 16.

DLNR officials say the rocks were placed near the 5.5 mile marker of Summit Road at the 12,500-foot level.

“The rocks created a potential safety hazard as they were placed in the downhill lane, in the middle of a sharp right hand corner,” read a release from the DLNR Tuesday afternoon.

DOCARE officers interviewed workers on Mauna Kea, who reported that they saw a man in the area just before and after rocks appeared on the road.

A security camera at Hale Pohaku Visitor Center captured images of a shirtless man carrying a plastic gallon container walking uphill along the road.

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According to DLNR officials, one of the telescope workers confirmed that the individual in the security camera is the same person they saw on the road at about the time the rocks were placed on the road.

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The man in the image is described as 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-8 and has a slim build. He was wearing a white to light gray-colored pair of board shorts, slippers, and black-colored backpack. He was carrying an opaque plastic container.

Anyone with information about the incident should contacted DOCARE at 643-DLNR.

DLNR photo.

DLNR photo.

DLNR photo.

DLNR photo.

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