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Update: Victim Identified in Hilo Bay Drowning

May 16, 2017, 10:31 AM HST
* Updated May 23, 4:36 PM
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Update: May 23, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the body that was found in Hilo Bay on May 15, as 46-year-old Arthur Miller III, who had no permanent address.

On May 15, at 6:35 p.m. the Hawaiʻi Fire Department responded to a report of a body that was seen floating in Hilo Bay.

Fire personnel launched their rescue boat and recovered the disrobed body that was approximately a quarter of a mile off of the Wainaku shoreline.

The body was taken to the Hilo Medical Center where the official death pronouncement was made at 8:18 p.m.

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An autopsy was performed on Friday, May 19.

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No foul play is suspected, but the cause of death is being deferred pending the results of toxicology tests.

Police ask anyone who may have information about this incident to contact Detective Wendall Carter of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2383 or [email protected].

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe.

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Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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Hawaiʻi Fire Department responded to a report of a body that was seen floating in Hilo Bay at 6:35 p.m. on May 15.

PC: Crystal Richard

Fire officials launched a rescue boat to recover the disrobed body that was located approximately a quarter of a mile off of the Wainaku shoreline.

The body was taken to the Hilo Medical Center where the official death pronouncement was made at 8:18 p.m.

Hawaiʻi Island police have since initiated a Coroner’s Inquest.

The victim has not yet been identified, police say the body appears to be of a Caucasian male, possibly in his 50s or 60s, between 5-foot-9 to 6-feet-tall, having dark-brown or black hair with a beard and mustache.

Detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation and an autopsy has been requested to determine the cause of death.

Police ask anyone who may have information about this incident or the identity of the victim to contact Detective Wendall Carter of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2383 or [email protected]

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.

Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential

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