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Police Release Identity of Big Island Murder Victim

August 4, 2021, 7:07 PM HST
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Michael Rosenbaum
Michael Rosenbaum. PC: HPD

The Hawaiʻi County Police Department has released the identity of a Big Island murder victim.

HPD Detectives on Wednesday identified 76-year-old Michael Rosenbaum, of Pāhoa, as the individual whose body was discovered at the MacKenzie State Recreation Area in Puna on Saturday, July 31, 2021.

The victim was reported missing a week before on Saturday, July 24. He was last seen alive on Thursday, July 22, in Pāhoa town.

The Area I Criminal Investigation Section is continuing this investigation, which is classified as a second-degree murder. Authorities initiated the investigation after Puna patrol officers responded to the MacKenzie State Recreation Area following a report from a fisherman who noticed a body on the rocks near the shore break.

Hawai’i Fire Department personnel assisted in repelling approximately 15 feet down a cliff to retrieve the decomposing remains. The victim was transported to the Hilo Medical Center for official pronouncement of death. Police believe the body had been there for approximately a week.

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An autopsy was performed on Tuesday morning, Aug. 3, and the forensic pathologist concluded that the victim died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death was ruled homicide.

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Police ask anyone who may have information relative to this investigation, or who may have seen Rosenbaum between July 22 and 24, to call the department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

They may also contact Detective Jeremy Kubojiri of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2378 or send an email to [email protected].

Another option is to contact Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2252 or send an email [email protected].

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