UPDATE: Body found in Hilo Bay identified as 59-year-old from Waikōloa
This story was updated at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 24.
Hawai‘i Island police have identified the body discovered in Hilo Bay on Thursday afternoon as 59-year-old David Michael McManus of Waikōloa.
McManus also frequently stays at a residence in Hilo, police say.
Contrary to initial reports, the preliminary results of an autopsy performed on Friday afternoon do not show signs of foul play. However, the final results are pending toxicology and additional forensic testing.
On Feb. 23, shortly after 4:15 p.m., South Hilo patrol officers and Hawai‘i Fire Department personnel responded to the Hilo Bayfront area after a caller reported observing a body floating in the water 200 yards offshore. The fire department chopper immediately located the lifeless body and brought it ashore.
Area I Criminal Investigation Section personnel responded to the scene to continue this investigation, which is currently classified as a coroner’s inquest.
The victim was transported to the Hilo Medical Center and officially pronounced dead at 5:29 p.m.
Police ask anyone who may have information relative to this case to call the police department’s non-emergency number at 808-935-3311 or Det. Casey Cabral of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at 808-961-2384 or email [email protected].
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 808-961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.