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Body Found on Valentine’s Day Identified

February 15, 2020, 3:39 PM HST
* Updated February 15, 4:04 PM
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Westen Tegman PC: HPD

Authorities have identified a man who died on Valentine’s Day in Hilo

Hawaiʻi Island Police are conducting a death investigation after the discovery of a body on the evening of Friday, Feb. 14 at a homeless encampment on the edge of the Wailuku Riverbank.

The victim has been positively identified as 28-year-old Isaac Wessel-Rivera of Hilo, a police report said.

Responding to a call just before 9 p.m. Friday evening, South Hilo Patrol officers discovered the deceased body within the encampment. A male subject was taken into custody for questioning. He is identified as 32-year-old Westen Tegman of Hilo.

Police detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this investigation. An autopsy will be performed early next week to determine the exact cause of death.

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Police ask anyone who may have been in the area of the Wainaku Scenic Lookout on the evening of Sunday, Feb. 9, to contact Detective Blaine Morishita at 808-961-2385 or email [email protected].

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They may also contact Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins at 808-961-2252 or email [email protected] or the police department’s non-emergency number at 808-935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 808-961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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