2 bodies found near Hilo in last 5 days

Published On: Jan 30 2013 11:41:15 AM HST   Updated On: Jan 23 2013 03:16:27 PM HST
HILO, Hawaii -

Big Island police say two bodies have been found in the last five days off Stainback Highway near Hilo.

The first discovery was made last Friday at around 7:24 p.m.  Officers found a badly decomposed body off the "ATV Trail Park."

On Tuesday, an autopsy was performed on the unidentified remains.  Due to the advanced state of decomposition, detectives are awaiting additional examination and toxicology reports before releasing the exact cause of death.

On Tuesday, the second discovery was made at around 5:18 a.m.  Police received an anonymous tip of a body off the "Tree Planting Road."

Detectives and a scent-discriminating canine conducted area checks and discovered a badly decomposed body.  Due to the advanced state of decomposition, detectives were unable to readily identify the remains.  An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning to determine the exact cause of death.

In both cases, police were conducting a search in the area for the body of Dante Peter Gilman, who was initially reported as missing.  A murder investigation was initiated in that case and Claude Keone Krause and his cousin, Kawena Krause, were both charged.

Police ask that anyone with information on the body found near the "ATV Trail Park" to call Detective Todd Pataray at 961-2382 or email him at tpataray@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Police ask that anyone with information on the body found near "Tree Planting Road" to call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email at dmorimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.  Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn't record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.


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