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Human Remains Found in Paradise Park

August 11, 2016, 1:46 PM HST
* Updated August 11, 1:51 PM
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Jessica Urbina photo provided by HPD.

Jessica Urbina photo provided by HPD.

Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated a coroner’s inquest case in connection with human remains found in Puna last month and a missing person case for a Canadian woman whose personal items were found nearby.

On July 18, Puna Patrol officers responded to a remote area of the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision for a report of partial human skeletal remains found by local hunters off Beach Road, about a half-mile on the Pāhoa side of Makuʻu Drive.

After the officers located those remains, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section responded and recovered them, as well as personal items in the area belonging to a Canadian woman named Jessica Urbina.

Investigation revealed that Urbina, from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, had come to Hawaiʻi on vacation in November 2000, when she was 21 years old.

In addition to the coroner’s inquest investigation, Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated a missing person case for Urbina.

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She was described as 5-foot-1, 100 pounds with long black hair, brown eyes and fair skin.

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Police have not yet identified the remains and do not know if there is a link between the remains and Jessica Urbina, who would be 37 years old now.

Police ask anyone who has any information about the human remains or Jessica Urbina to contact Lt. Gregory Esteban at 961-2252 or [email protected].

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300.

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