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Hōlualoa Man Dies as Result of Weather-Related Incident

February 20, 2018, 2:31 PM HST
* Updated February 20, 2:33 PM
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Hawaiʻi Island police responded to a reported coroners inquest on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at about 6:30 a.m., in the Hōlualoa area.

Upon arrival, officers discovered the body of a 74-year-old man who reportedly was a seasonal coffee farm worker.

Upon investigation at the scene, it appeared that the shack-like structure containing no walls in which the victim was reported residing in had been blown about 150 feet from its foundation. It appeared that the victim was within the structure when this occurred, causing his death.

The victim was identified as William Ryder of Hōlualoa.

An autopsy was conducted, and final results are pending toxicology results.

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There is no suspected foul play.

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Police ask that anyone who has any information on the incident to contact Lt. William Gary Souther at (808) 326-4646, ext. 253.

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