Big Island police renewing plea to identify body

Published On: Feb 07 2013 02:57:40 PM HST

Facial reconstruction of skull

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii -

Hawaii Island police are renewing their request for the public’s help in identifying a person whose partially decomposed body was found in a West Hawaii public park last summer.

Police hope someone will recognize a two-dimensional facial reconstruction from the skull recovered at the scene.

The decedent may have been a middle-aged homeless Caucasian man between 5-foot-8-inches-tall and 5-foot-11-inches-tall who frequented the Kainaliu, Kealakekua and Honalo areas.

When found at Higashihara Park in Keauhou Mauka on July 19, he was wearing blue jeans, no shoes and a blue T-shirt depicting a SpongeBob character and the words “It’s Hip To Be Square.”

The cause of death is still undetermined.

Police received numerous tips from the public with leads about the man’s possible identity but detectives confirmed that all the persons named were still alive.

Police ask that anyone who knows the identity of a person similar to the artist’s sketch call Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, Ext 238.

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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